The “Doomsday” Sequel That Never Was

British filmmaker Neil Marshall exploded onto the screen early last decade with the cult classic “Dog Soldiers” and followed it up with the outright classic “The Descent”.

A few years after that he tried going bigger budget with the Rhona Mitra and Bob Hoskins-led “Doomsday,” a UK-set riff on “Escape from New York” but in this case Scotland was the walled off dangerous land that had to be entered to obtain a macguffin (a pandemic cure) and get out.

Made with a sequel in mind, the film underperformed when it opened back in 2008 and sadly nothing further came of a follow-up. This past weekend a screening and Q & A with Marshall was held in which he discussed some ideas he had for the follow-up including one involving Mitra’s Major Sinclair finding her mother. He tells Slashfilm:

“I had an idea for a part two. There was a sequence involving helicopter gunships attacking the castle [from the third act], which I knew I couldn’t properly do for this one. I thought, Oh, I’ll save that for the next one. I should’ve used for that [first] one. [Laughs] The story was going to involve our hero character, Sinclair, ending up in Newcastle upon Tyne, my hometown. There’s a border town, and she discovers her mom is still alive and running her own kind of gang there. She’s gone a bit fucking mental as well. Beyond that, I haven’t really thought about it.”

Marshall says he hasn’t forgotten the importance of the film though, probably his most high profile failure to date – “I learned a s–t load from the failure of this film, more than any other film.” Marshall followed it up with “Centurion” and has since become a very high in demand TV director for his notable work on the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “Hannibal” and “Black Sails”.