Back in July 2021it was announced that W/H/S and Southbound filmmakers Roxanne Benjamin and David Bruckner teamed up again for the survival thriller Fall into darknessa remake of the 2014 Spanish-language film La Cueva. Benjamin was to direct the film from a script that Bruckner co-wrote with Nick Tecosky. Nell Tiger for free (Serving), Thomas Doherty (Grants), and Lorenza Izzo (The green inferno) were all registered for star. Filming was expected to begin at Lantica’s Pinewood Studios in the Dominican Republic in the fall of ’21. But Fall into darkness never went into production. And during a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterFree theorized that it fell apart because of the pandemic.
When asked for a status update on the project, Free responded, “I think Fall into darkness became a victim of Covid. You know how things were. There were so many beautiful projects that were potentially going to happen and then things got taken away because of timing and Covid. So I think that may have been what went wrong there, but never say never. If it comes up again, and the time is right, and all the original people are available, I’m sure we’d all want to saddle up and make that movie.“
It’s a bit surprising to hear that the pandemic still destroyed film plans after July 2021, as a lot of productions by then had figured out how to work in the Covid era. But here is the hope Fall into darkness will happen one day.
Described as “an elevated Lord of the Flies story”, Fall into darkness would have focused on American backpackers stranded with locals in a large cave system in the Dominican Republic.
Directed by Alfredo Montero from a script he wrote with Javier Gullon, La Cueva (also known as Into the darkness we fall) had the following synopsis: Five friends have decided to go on holiday to the beautiful island of Formentera, where they expect to spend their days full of fun and debauchery. On one of their excursions they came across a cave nestled in a cliff and decided it would be exciting to investigate it and see what they could find. However, it is not long before the group realizes they are lost, causing them to try to find the exit instead of exploring further. Unfortunately, they are unsuccessful in their attempt and are forced to stay the night, and as a result find their sanity weakening. As the lack of food, water and sunlight coupled with the isolation from society due to lack of cell phone reception begins to take its toll on the group, they begin to panic and hallucinate. In the end, their survival will depend on them making certain decisions that will change them forever.
Bruckner and Tecosky developed the story for the remake with executive producers Pedro Uriol and Juan Gordon of Morena Films. Bruckner was an executive producer on the project along with Connie Hoy and Blue Ridge Media Capital. Fall into darkness was produced by Peter Block of A Bigger Boat and Zak Kilberg of Social Construct.
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