As Rogue Pictures, an offshoot of Focus Features, prepares for the release of Neil Marshall's Doomsday on Friday, Rogue Pictures strikes another deal for the writer-director's follow-up with the horror film, Sacrilege, to be set in the Old West.

According to Variety, Marshall, who wrote and directed Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat and The Descent as well as Doomsday, grew up in England watching oaters and horror films in equal measure and dreamed of combining the genres. Marshall declined to disclose much detail on Sacrilege, but the picture will draw on themes of isolation and paranoia and such influences as John Carpenter's The Thing.

"It is set during the Gold Rush, a time remembered for incidents like the Donner Party," Marshall said. "It is meant to be a pitch-black, gritty, period horror movie."

Marshall will begin writing immediately. No production date has been set.

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