After an extremely successful narrative debut, “Goodnight Mommy” filmmakers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, are moving on to the big budget films of Hollywood to start working on “The Fortress.” The young German filmmakers first teamed up for the documentary “Kern,” before they moved onto 2015’s “Goodnight Mommy.”Most of the details about “The Fortress” are kept close under wraps, but the narrative follows a group of refugees hidden aboard a container ship that might not be as safe as it seems. Perhaps picking up on the timely topic of the refugee crisis, “The Fortress” is already a highly anticipated movie.
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Part of the success of “Goodnight Mommy” was the arthouse and avant garde style that separated the film from other typical horror movies. Fiala and Franz want to challenge their viewers, so they continue to be affected both physically and psychologically afterwards. Their idea of “challenging” involves a lot of unsettling and violent images and themes, which a big budget, mainstream studio might not approve of. Working in the indie realm allowed their ideas to flourish and freely develop, so there might have to be some compromise in the future.
Michael De Luca is set to produce “The Fortress” and Lucy Kitada will serve as the executive producer.