The story for the film follows “a recently widowed mother who returns to her father’s isolated hotel only to find a sinister folklore presence haunting the land.”
In UK folklore, Spriggans were “depicted as spirits related to the trolls of Scandinavia. They were often characterized as grotesquely ugly, wizened old men with large child-like heads. Although small, they were often considered to be the ghosts of giants, with the ability to swell to far greater size. The character has become the subject of a host of manga series in Japan.”
I love a good nightmare-fueled folklore story! The VFX for the film will be done by two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Neil Corbould and his company Neil Corbould Special Effects. They will also be handling the creation of the crazy looking creature. Courbould has worked on films such as Rogue One, Gravity and Gladiator.
Boyega, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode IX for J.J. Abrams, had this to say in a statement:
“I’m really excited to be joining A Spriggan and the team behind it. In my producing projects, I’m looking for film-maker driven, world-building, cinematic pieces, and have found in Josephine Rose another producer who shares that creative vision and commercial ambition. We’re looking forward to working with Keir Burrows to explore the monsters of real-life through a dark, twisted, fairy-tale world of the Spriggan.”
As a fan of these kinds of horror films, I’m looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!