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Neil Marshall Isn’t Giving Up On a Dog Soldiers Sequel

June 11, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers is a cult classic, and the director says he’s still holding out hope for a follow-up. The 2002 werewolf film is a favorite of horror fans and has maintained a cult following over the years, and Marshall was asked in a recent interview with Inverse about the chances of a sequel eventually getting made.

“I’ve a feeling it’s probably dead in the water because things have gone very quiet from the other side,” Marshall said. “I’m not giving up, though; there’s still a possibility.”

He continued, “We’ve been trying to get it off the ground for the past six years. I’ve got a story hammered out, but I’ve not written the script yet because I want to know if we’re actually making it or not first. It’s a good idea, and I know Kevin McKidd (Cooper) is on board, but everything has gone very quiet and we don’t know why. We’ll see. I can’t live my life waiting to see if it does happen. If it happens, it happens. It’s always going to be a double-edged sword, though. The fans want it, and I’d love to give it to them, but if I make a mess of it, they’re not going to thank me. The most important thing is making sure that it lives up to the first one. That’s the hardest part.”

The sequel has long been in discussions, but has been held up by complicated rights issues. Marshall said that he has a plan for the new film, noting, “The new concept for the story is fresh and acknowledges that 20 years have passed. The story is set in a confined setting but a bigger one than the first film.”

The original film starred Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham, Kevin McKidd, and Emma Cleasb and follows a squad of soldiers who find themselves fighting for their lives against a pack of werewolves during a military training exercise in Scotland. It launched Marshall’s directorial career which continued with the likes of The Descent, Doomsday, 2019’s Hellboy, and two of the most beloved Game of Thrones episodes in “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall.”