Acclaimed queer filmmaker Francis Lee isn’t done telling queer stories on the big screen, but he is ready to branch out to a genre he’s never dealt with before – horror.
In a new Esquire profile, Lee, the writer/director of God's Own Country and Ammonite, said he’s currently working on his third film, and this ones going to be a queer horror tale. Not only that, but Josh O’Connor, who starred in God's Own Country, will once again work with Lee, starring in the unnamed film.
Little is known about Lee’s next project. It’s being based on a novel, and according to Esquire, “it’s a horror movie with strong elements of “class and queerness”, about a sad young man alone in an epic wilderness; Josh O’Connor will star.”
The filmmaker has hinted at the film before, but this is the most we’ve learned about the project. “My favorite genre is horror,” Lee told The Film Stage last year. “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to make a really, really f**king scary horror film. So I’m working on that.”
Later that year during an interview about Ammonite, he told Metro Weekly that he had already finished writing his next film. “It’s about deep intimate human relationships, again,” he said. “ It’s a period piece. But it’s set in the 20th century. And it is a horror film.”
He added that he’s excited to talk more about it once it’s finished filming because it “is dealing with some fundamentals about being queer. And often not in a very positive way. So it will be really fascinating to talk about it when it’s done”
Both of Lee’s previous films are slow burning queer historical romances. God's Own Country is set in Yorkshire, and follows Johnny, played by O’Connor, as he works on his family farm and develops a relationship with a Romanian migrant worker named Gheorge (Alec Secareanu).
Ammonite is a fictionalized version of the relationship between pioneering paleontologist Marry Anning and a woman named Charlotte Murchison. It starred Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Both films received a lot of critical acclaim, especially for Lee’s screenplays and directorial style and the strong performances by the lead actors.
After starring in the film, O’Connor went on to be cast as Prince Charles in the critically acclaimed third season of The Crown. He won a Golden Globe for the role.