WARNING: SPOILERS Dog Soldiers is a 2002 horror action film written and directed by Neil Marshall also known for his horror masterpiece “The Descent”. The film takes place in the Scottish […]
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 horror action film written and directed by Neil Marshall also known for his horror masterpiece “The Descent”. The film takes place in the Scottish Highlands where a squad of British soldiers are on exercise against an elite team of Special Forces. Unaware the soldiers are being used as bait by the elite team in order to lure out a werewolf which they plan to capture. Things go wrong however as the Special Forces team gets ambushed by not one but instead a pack of werewolves and are all slaughtered except for Liam Cunningham’s character “Captain Ryan”. The squad come across the remains of the Spec Ops camp and are soon enough attacked by the wolves themselves and just narrowly escape to an old cottage deep in the woods, the fight quickly turns into a desperate siege as the Soldiers prepare to make their last stand against the eager foe. It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of Dog Soldiers, and with the recent news of the film getting a 4k restoration, the talk about a sequel has come to light once again.
If you’re a passionate fan of the film then you would have heard about the cancelled initial sequel called Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat which was announced back in 2004, there was also the planned TV series Dog Soldiers: Legacy back in 2011 which was also cancelled and never probably came to fruition. Despite the lack of a sequel, there is still hope with many of Dog Soldier’s passionate fans as Neil Marshall is frequently asked about a future second film. As of Recently Bloody Disgusting’s “Boo Crew Podcast” had an interview with Marshall discussing his new film “The Reckoning” where Dog Soldier was inevitably brought up. Marshall says this:
“[Those books] are definitely not closed, I could revisit [the world of The Descent] but with that one, it was kind of intended to be a one-off. And then the sequel got made anyway. Dog Soldiers was always intended to be a trilogy. So, the rights for that have been tied up for quite some time, but now there’s the possibility of a Dog Soldiers 2, finally.”
He also said this:
“The initial rumblings are happening,” (Marshall talking about Dog Soldiers 2) “So that’s looking semi-likely, we’ll see. The Descent… I can’t see me revisiting that world.”
On top of that Neil Marshall has said the following in a separate interview:
“There’s more of a chance now than ever before,” “There’s things in the works and we’re seeing what we can do. Certainly, myself and Kevin McKidd [Leading actor of Dog Soldiers] and [Producer of Dog Soldiers] Chris Figg are up for it to revisit this world. Over the past 18 years the question I get asked pretty much more than anything else is when are we going to get Dog Soldiers 2?’ Part of me thinks I’d like to go back and re-visit that world somehow. And if Kev’s up for it, then that would make it worthwhile for sure. So we’ll see. You never know.”
Actors Kevin McKidd and Sean Pertwee have also given their thoughts on the talk of a sequel. Pertwee has said the following:
“Initially, it was written as a trilogy,” “The second one was [about] the science of creating Dog Soldiers.”
“The special ops come in and they do the scrape with DNA and they grow it in tubes and in the final film, we were to become Dog Soldiers, half men, half lycanthrope, which I thought would have been so super cool and we were all very excited by it,”
Pertwee also explained:
“I think people tried to make a sequel without [Neil Marshall] being involved, so it wouldn’t have been the same movie,” Pertwee says. “That’s the thing about Neil. He walked away and I respect him for it. We would have loved to have done it…but I wish we had done it because a lot of people love the movie.”
Pertwee mentions some established ideas forming around the planned sequel, with the werewolves being explored deeper. Similar ideas tend to be brought up with fan discussion on what a sequel to Dog Soldiers would actually be about, with the film having been more focused on the soldiers and their personality and character traits rather than the beasts themselves so it would be interesting to see what sort of plot Marshall would have in mind.
McKidd has said the following:
“I think it could be fun again to revisit that character, 18 years on,” said McKidd “We keep throwing around ideas of Cooper and the mental institution and he’s been locked up because he spent 18 years screaming and shouting that there’re werewolves in the woods, and sure enough they come back one day, and the marshals come and knock on his cell door and say, ‘We need your help.”
McKidd also cautiously mentions:
“That could change, it’s just one idea. There are many ideas. Watch this space.”
Overall, the possibility for a sequel is higher than ever, and anyone interested in Dog Soldiers should keep an eye out for future information.