A new psychological thriller is currently in pre-production, with acclaimed filmmaker J.A Bayona (A Monster Calls) acting as producer. The film, titled Marrowbone, will be the feature length directorial debut of screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, who has previously collaborated with Bayona on The Orphanage and The Impossible. With Lionsgate International backing the project, momentum is continuing to build, as actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) has now joined the cast.
With a tone similar to The Orphanage, Marrowbone will tell the tale of five siblings living in a vast, isolated manor. They have kept secret the death of their mother, in an attempt to stay together. However, it soon becomes clear that there is a sinister presence in their midst.
Mia Goth (Everest), George Mackay (Sunshine On Leith), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) already feature in the cast, and they are now joined by Taylor-Joy, who will shortly be seen in cinemas in the science-fiction horror film, Morgan.
Detailing his excitement about the project to the press (via Screen Daily), J.A Bayona indicated that his knowledge of the creative talent behind the film made him keen to participate.
“I cannot imagine a better producer and a better screenwriter to collaborate with, so from the moment I knew this movie was going to be made I wanted to be involved.”
Belen Atienza – a regular producer of films by J.A Bayona, and a producer of Marrowbone – singled out the directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez as the reason for his heightened anticipation.
“I think that it’s going to be really exciting to see what Sergio has to bring as a director. I think that anyone that has read the scripts written by Sergio can say he’s already a film-maker.”
It’s clear from the previous works of those involved that Marrowbone will strike a deeply creepy tone when it finally arrives in cinemas, which means we could well be witnessing the arrival of a brand new auteur in the realm of unsettling psychological thriller. Time will tell – but for now, it will be interesting to watch for further casting choices.