Fresh from the financial success of Wolf Creek 2 in Australia, writer-director Greg Mclean is all set to direct his debut US film, a low budget supernatural thriller called 6 Miranda Drive.
“The story is based on a true story that was relayed to me first-hand many years ago about an actual haunting,” says Mclean, who collaborated on the script with Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong. “It was just a very chilling tale that I could never forget and I felt it would make a great movie. I've always been fascinated by the supernatural, and after Wolf Creek 2, this project came together relatively fast.”
6 Miranda Drive is about a family who, having recently vacationed in the Grand Canyon, unintentionally brings home a supernatural force that feeds on their fears and secrets. The film’s cast is headed by veteran Kevin Bacon and Aussie actress Radha Mitchell, who previously starred in Mclean’s 2007 crocodile feature, Rogue.
“They're both amazing dramatic actors with the utmost integrity in their craft. It's no accident that the best horror films of all time also feature the most amazingly truthful performances by great actors and that's what guided the decision,” says the director. Mclean counts horror classics The Haunting, The Shining, The Exorcist and the original The Ring and Paranormal Activity amongst his personal favourites of the genre. “I also loved James Wan’s The Conjuring and thought it was a really well made movie and just absolutely terrifying.”
Although no stranger to horror, 6 Miranda Drive marks a slight departure for the filmmaker in that it appears to be more centred on the unsettling possibilities of interior spaces, rather than the hostility of exterior geographical locations. “It’s less [about threatening exteriors] as it's primarily set in a suburban environment in the US. I don’t want to give too much away other than the Grand Canyon does feature in the story,” he says.
6 Miranda Drive will shoot in LA this month and is being produced Blumhouse Productions, which are predominately affiliated with horror movies and were responsible for low-budget success stories like the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister and the two James Wan-directed Insidious films. Mclean regular Robert Webb (Wolf Creek series, Rogue) will once again serve as the filmmaker's production designer.
Mclean doesn’t plan to be exclusively associated with genre films, either. An 3D animated family feature project called Piccolo – The Dolphin Prince (which he co-wrote with the late filmmaker Chris Wheeler) is also in development for him to direct, while the filmmaker is also associated with an untitled black comedy based on Sydney’s 2005 Cronulla riots with actor-director Abe Forsythe in line to helm, his second following the 2003 comedy western Ned.