From aiding in the rebellion against the First Order in Star Wars, to canceling the apocalypse (again) in Pacific Rim: Uprising, John Boyega has established himself as an iconic face in the genre-realm of sci-fi.
Recently, the jager pilot/rogue Stormtrooper has initiated his endeavor into producing horror movies. Initially reported by Deadline, Pacific Rim: Uprising actor and co-producer, Boyega will be teaming up with director Keir Burrows (Anti Matter), producer Josephine Rose (Slaughterhouse Rulez) to bring audiences the English (Cornwall) folklore horror (folklorrore or folkhorrore?) title A Spriggan.
The plot for A Spriggan is detailed as:
‘A Spriggan’ follows a recently widowed mother who returns to her father’s isolated hotel only to find a sinister folklore presence haunting the land.
When interviewed by Deadline, executive producer Boyega had this to say about the film:
I’m really excited to be joining A Spriggan and the team behind it. In my producing projects, I’m looking for film-maker driven, world-building, cinematic pieces, and have found in Josephine Rose another producer who shares that creative vision and commercial ambition. We’re looking forward to working with Keir Burrows to explore the monsters of real-life through a dark, twisted, fairy-tale world of the Spriggan.
The film is not based off of the interpretations of Spriggans from games such as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Elder Scrolls Online, or the notorious demon-fairy from the post-apocalyptic series Shin Megami Tensei.
The creatures and plot also have no relevance to the late 90’s Hiroshi Takeshigi sci-fi war manga Spriggan (as some would assume considering Boyega’s connection to Japanese kaiju-genre influenced Pacific Rim: Uprising). No, the Spriggans of this film take after the gangly, uncanny, grotesque monsters of “ye olde” English folklore.
Spriggans, taking after Scandinavian trolls, are old-geezer looking monstrosities with giant child-like heads, and are usually fabled to lurk underground near treasure. While their heads are fairly large, the bodies of these abominations are often depicted as small or normal sized, but, according to lore, they are said to be the spirits of dead giants, having the ability to grow to the size of one at will.
While the conflict is not detailed in the plot synopsis, it’s likely that we will see the monster’s sinister acts by randomly destroying buildings, ruining crops, horrendous storms, and maybe the disappearances of children (something I personally hope for since Spriggans are rumored to leave their changelings in place of the kidnapped kids). Each of these tragedies have been legendarily linked to the mischief of Spriggans.
From what has been revealed about the special effects, expect to see high-quality results considering Neil Corbould Special Effects (Rogue One, Gravity, and Gladiator) will be bringing the Spriggan to life.
The production team will also include director of photography Gerry Vasbenter, who previously worked with director Burrows on Anti-Matter.
Amanda McArthur (Now Is Good and Miss You Already) will be the production designer for the film.
No release date has been issued yet for the film or the trailer, but iHorror will keep you posted on A Spriggan as updates come in. If you are wanting some supernatural thrills now you check out our article covering the best supernatural horror films currently available for streaming here!