‘Lair of the White Moose’ scheduled for shooting in 2016.
It has just been announced that there is to be a sequel made to Ken Russell’s 1988 cult horror movie ‘Lair of the White Worm’ and that production of the film, which will be shot during the first half of 2016, will be entirely in and around Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland.
The Nordic-flavoured sequel, ‘Lair of the White Moose’ will begin in a similar fashion to the original movie with the unearthing of a giant moose skull in the frozen highlands around Egilsstaðir by Peter Capaldi who will be taking time off from his exploits as Doctor Who to reprise his role as the enterprising archaeologist Angus Flint.
Capaldi will be joined by other members of the original cast namely Hugh Grant as the ever-pompous Lord James D’Ampton, Catherine Oxenberg as Eve Trent and Sammi Davis as Eve’s sister Mary. Amanda Donohoe will unfortunately not be reappearing as the delightful and dangerous Lady Sylvia Marsh as she was eaten by the white worm in the original movie.
A director for the project has not yet been named but an announcement is due sometime in the near future. Speculation is that the job will be given to an 'up and coming' Icelandic talent.
Ken Russell, the enigmatic British director of the original movie and such cult classics as ‘Tommy’, ‘Altered States’ and ‘Gothic’ passed away in 2011. Capaldi, Grant, Oxenberg and Davis all reportedly leapt at the opportunity to work on the sequel citing the original film as one of the highlights of their careers.
Oxenberg in particular was thrilled by the news and said that it would be a nice change of pace from working on such tedious drivel as ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ and ‘Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf’.
“When an opportunity to work on a project such as this comes along you don’t even think about turning it down,” said the daughter of Princess Elisabeth of Yugoslavia and star of the 80’s super-soap ‘Dynasty’.
The former Amanda Carrington went on to say that, “Even though Ken Russell obviously won’t be involved this time around, having met a few Icelanders in my time, I am confident that we will be able to come up with something equally original and authentically crazy.”
When asked if she would be hanging over an open pit that descended into the middle of the earth in her underwear once again in ‘The Lair of the White Moose’ she giggled slightly but refused to comment. Shortly after that question she was led away from the interview by a heavily-set man in a bright red Hawaiian shirt who may or may not have been Samoan.
Hugh Grant also seemed excited about taking on the project twenty-seven years after the original film was released.
“It’s time I got back to the roles that put me where I am today,” he said. “Without opportunities from directors like Ken I would never have been able to move on to such hits as ‘About a Moose’ and ‘Moose Actually’.