Alice Eve (Belgravia, Star Trek) has signed onto star in The Queen Mary, the first film of a trilogy of highly anticipated feature horror films inspired by the hauntings on-board the infamous ocean liner.
Gary Shore (Dracula Untold) will direct from the screenplay he co-wrote with Stephen Oliver, Tom Vaughan. Developed and produced by Brett Tomberlin of Imagination Design Works, along with Nigel Sinclair and Nicholas Ferrall of White Horse Pictures (The Woman in Black, Let Me In, End of Watch), Thorsten Schumacher and Lars Sylvest for Rocket Science (Resistance), and Jason Newmark and Laurie Cook of Newscope.
Docked in Long Beach, California, the multi-storied ocean liner, named Time Magazine’s most haunted place in the world, receives over two million visitors each year, drawn by its amazing history, legend, tours, and events.
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,” said Tomberlin.
Gary Shore added, “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.“
The RMS Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line. For decades, the ship has been rumored to be haunted. Stateroom B340 is said to have the most infamous reputation with a lengthy record of paranormal activity and has many stories of haunted encounters noted in the ship’s logs. Reports date back to the final ocean voyage in 1967 and include complaints from guests staying in B340 claiming that someone was knocking on the door in the middle of the night. Other allegations include bathroom lights turning on by themselves, sink faucets turning on and off on their own, and unexplained doors shutting. Some guests have reported the covers of their bed being pulled off while asleep and waking to see a dark figure at the foot of the bed.
Tobin Armbrust will executive produce together with White Horse’s Cassidy Hartmann. Andy Trapani, Brian Gilbert, and Steve Sheldon of Epic Entertainment Group will also serve as executive producers. White Horse Pictures’ Jeanne Elfant Festa will co-executive produce. Tom Vaughan will co-produce. Mali Elfman is producing alongside Mark Tomberlin and Jordan Rambis who are executive producing as part of Imagination Design Works. Rocket Science is on board to fully finance and represent worldwide distribution rights.
Eve is represented by Independent Talent Group, CAA, and Silver Lining Entertainment. Shore is represented by WME, 42 and Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern. Vaughan is repped by Mark Hartogsohn and Danny Toth and The Gersh Agency, and Kailey Marsh at Brillstein Partners. Attorney Cliff Lo and Alexa Pagonas of Michael Black Management negotiated the Queen Mary rights deal on behalf of Imagination Design Works.