V For Vendetta’s James McTeigue Signs On To Direct Alien Sleeper Cell


The Wachowski’s golden boy, James McTeigue, has joined a new project from a new studio – Alien Sleeper Cell. Doesn’t that title give you the most delightful chills? Alas, it’s got nothing to do with xenomorph Alien franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will capture the same tone as The Bourne Identity and TV show The Americans. But in an alien invasion-style set-up. Consider us intrigued!

While there’s scant details about Alien Sleeper Cell, it’s known that McTeigue will direct the flick from a script by up-and-comer Morgan Davis Foehl. Foehl just completed work on Michael Mann’s Cyber. As it stands now, new production outfit Scanbox Studios are currently putting together financing and brokering international deals for the pic. Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarich who recently finished work on Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 will co-produce, and Felipe Linz will join as executive producer.

McTeigue is of course known for being one of the Wachowki’s assistant directors on The Matrix trilogy and Speed Racer. He also worked as a second unit director on Dark City and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones. His breakout directorial hit was the 2005 big brother conspiracy thriller V For Vendetta, an atmospheric tale starring Natalie Portman. Follow-ups Ninja Assassin and The Raven failed to ignite the same enthusiasm from fans and critics, but his latest project, Survivor, sounds a lot more promising.

More news on Alien Sleeper Cell as it lands. Until then, though, tell us, does the idea of another alien invasion romp excite you?