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Highland launches Renny Harlin horror ‘The Refuge’ at EFM

By Michael Rosser
March 2, 2021

Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger director Renny Harlin has lined up horror thriller The Refuge as his next project, which Highland Film Group will introduce to buyers this week at the virtual European Film Market (EFM).

Casting is underway on the film, scripted by Ben Sztajnkrycer, with filming set to begin in April on location in Bulgaria.

The story centres on a soldier who returns from Afghanistan a changed man, following an attack by a mysterious force during combat in Afghanistan, only for his wife to discover he has been possessed by a malevolent spirit.

Producers are Yariv Lerner (Hellboy), Rob Van Norden (Olympus Has Fallen), Gary Lucchesi (Underworld), Michael McKay (Brahms: The Boy II), Lori McCreary (Invictus), and Harlin, and the film is a Revelations Entertainment and B2Y Production.

Executive producers are Delphine Perrier and Arianne Fraser for HFG and Kelly Mendelsohn for Revelations.

Other upcoming features from US-based Finnish filmmaker Harlin include comedy Class Reunion 3, which marks his debut Finnish-language feature; and heist thriller The Misfits, starring Pierce Brosnan.