Alice Eve has signed on to star in The Queen Mary, the first in a planned trilogy of horror movies inspired by the hauntings on board the infamous ocean liner. Gary Shore (Dracula Untold) will direct from a screenplay written by himself, Stephen Oliver, and Tom Vaughan.
Specific plot details are under wraps, but the film is inspired by stories of hauntings on the famed ocean liner that is now permanently docked in Long Beach, California. The multi-storied ocean liner has been named Time Magazine’s most haunted place in the world, and receives two million visitors each year.
Eve is best known for starring in Star Trek Into Darkness and Bombshell, and currently has a main role on Julian Fellowes‘ Downton Abbey follow-up, Belgravia. She’s also currently shooting The Power for Amazon.
Shore said in a statement: “I’m fascinated, obsessed and disturbed by this ship – there’s something very dark and human about her. It’s a stylistic tightrope between reverence and horror”. Mark Tomberlin, who is producing as part of Imagination Design Works, added:
“We were immediately obsessed with Gary’s intelligent and twisted multi-film take on a great American legend and could not be more excited working with an extremely gifted actor in bringing this story to audiences around the world”.
Rocket Science is on board to fully finance the project and represent worldwide distribution rights. We’ll see if this can be more memorable than other haunted ship horror movies, like 2002’s Ghost Ship (which has a superb opening scene but little more) or 1998’s Deep Rising, which is fun enough but let down by poor writing and a reliance on nascent CGI.