A new WWII-set thriller is in the pipeline. Burial has now assembled its cast and is targeting a late-2020 production start date in Estonia. The Virtues actress Niamh Algar has joined the project as its lead, and it’s been confirmed that Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) and Ian Hart (The Last Kingdom) will star alongside her.
Deadline has a Burial plot synopsis for us:
“Set in the last days of WWII, writer-director Ben Parker’s (The Chamber) sophomore feature will tell the fictional story of a small band of Russian soldiers led by female intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva (Algar), who are tasked with trafficking Hitler’s discovered remains back to Stalin in Moscow.
“En route, the unit is attacked by murderous German ‘Wehrwolf’ partisans and picked off one-by-one. Vasilyeva and her fellow survivors must make a last stand to ensure their ‘cargo’ doesn’t fall into the hands of their attackers and be buried forever to hide the truth.”
The German Werewolf movement was ostensibly made up of two separate groups – paramilitary soldiers and partisan fighters, who were used to sow fear in Allies and German collaborators, often taking up assassination missions or sniper positions. Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels even arranged for German radio broadcasts to encourage exhausted citizens to join the Werewolf movement during the early months of 1945 in a last ditch effort.
Historian Perry Biddiscombe wrote that “several thousand casualties likely resulted from Werewolf activity, either directly or from reprisal killings” in his book Werwolf!: The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944-1946.
“We’re very excited to be working with Altitude on Ben’s second feature, with an ensemble of such brilliant, talented actors,” said Burial‘s producer, Stigma Films’ Matthew James Wilkinson. “This unique and powerful story set at the end of the Second World War, should be a thrilling ride, as well as a thought-provoking mirror to current issues – how burying the truth allows evil grow back into the world.”
Parker’s debut movie, The Chamber, arrived in 2016 to predominantly poor reviews. A survival thriller about a group of people trapped in a submersible at the bottom of the ocean, critics called it “a near miss” that borrowed rather too heavily from the likes of James Cameron’s The Abyss, but noted that Parker “does show a talent for keeping things visually interesting.”
Let’s see what he does with this, as it does sound like it could be pretty watchable in the right hands.