As anyone whose seen “A Field In England” knows, Ben Wheatley can get…weird. But when he’s pushing the envelope, that’s usually when the director is at his most interesting, and even as he’s working with bigger and bigger stars (such as in the upcoming “Free Fire” with Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, and more), he hasn’t traded in his individualistic spirit. And when it comes his upcoming “Freakshift” starring Alicia Vikander, the director is staying excitedly weird.
All we’ve known so far is that the movie is roughly about cops who respond to 911 calls about monsters coming out of the ground. However, Wheatley has a much better pitch for the picture.
“It’s about women with shotguns fighting giant crabs.” he told The Independent. “There you go, it sells itself.”
Well, we’re in. That sounds like the kinda crazy we want from Wheatley. However, the director is dreaming of one day making something a bit more tame. “We want to make stuff that it’s a bit more cheery and less murderous. We haven’t managed it yet but we want to do a film where no-one dies!” he said. I dunno, I’m ready for a Ben Wheatley movie without some chaos, but for now, he’s letting his freak flag fly.
Check out his full talk with The Independent’s Kernels podcast. “Free Fire” opens on April 21st.