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Nicolas Winding Refn and Polly Stenham unite for feminist horror film

Story by Jack Foley

NICOLAS Winding Refn is teaming up with British playwright Polly Stenham to make an an all-female horror.

Currently being developed under the working titleI Walk With The Dead, the film is being described as an alternative to the more traditional horror format that sees women being chased and then butchered by male killers.

As yet, there are no firm plot details but according to The London Evening Standard, Refn approached Stenham to help pen the script.

“He’s got a lot of stick for doing films some people think are violently misogynistic,” Stenham is quoted as saying. “So he approached me with the idea of doing something different.”

Refn fans pondering whether this will mean a toning down of his more ultra-violent tendencies – as see in Drive or Only God Forgives – have been reassured, however, that the director’s trademarks will remain intact.

For when asked whether the film would be more psychological or just as blood-spattered, Stenham replied: “It’s going to have a bit of everything.”

No cast has yet been announced but Carey Mulligan – who worked with Refn on Drive – is hotly tipped to be in the running for one of the lead roles.

It is also not yet known what kind of schedule Stenham is working on. But she is currently in hot demand, having shot to prominence at the age of 19 with her first play, That Face, at the Royal Court Theatre with Lindsay Duncan and Matt Smith.

In addition to working with Refn, she is also working on a film adaptation of her second play Tusk, Tusk and writing a new piece for The National.

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