London, UK – After years of rumours and speculation by his fans, cult horror movie legend Michael Armstrong has finally been lured out of retirement by Paper Dragon Productions to direct his first major feature film for over forty years.
Following his 1970 genre classic, Mark Of The Devil, which shocked audiences and broke box office records worldwide, fans will be delighted to learn that Armstrong is to direct his much anticipated screenplay Orphanage.
“I agreed to be exhumed from retirement because I felt I could trust Paper Dragon Productions to offer me the creative freedom I need to realise a story I’ve wanted to bring to the screen for more than 30 years,” Armstrong said. “I very much look forward to working with them.”
Described as a sociological suspense shocker, a complete veil of secrecy has now been thrown around the project as it heads into immediate development.
Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, Orphanage will be produced by Paul Horsfield and Jonathan Jones, with Neil Jackson and Kevin James executive producing for Paper Dragon Productions.
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG (Writer/Director – Orphanage)
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Armstrong entered the business as an actor before, in 1966 at the age of 22, writing and directing his acclaimed short film The Image which featured the first ever screen appearance of a then unknown David Bowie.
PAUL HORSFIELD & JONATHAN JONES (Producers – Orphanage)
Both coming from a teaching background but having a love of film, Paul Horsfield and Jonathan Jones separately made avenues to pursue that passion.
PAPER DRAGON PRODUCTIONS
Established in 2006 by Neil Jackson and Kevin James, Paper Dragon Productions is an independent production company working in film, television and theatre.
NEIL JACKSON (Executive Producer)
Neil Jackson has worked with some of the biggest names in film and television on projects including Quantum Of Solace, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Alexander, the hit US show Make It Or Break It, and the BBC’s award-winning series Upstairs Downstairs in the UK.
KEVIN JAMES (Executive Producer)
Kevin James has worked in various roles on and off the stage and screen. A versatile character actor, he has performed in a diverse array of theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to musicals to pantomime. He frequently tours, both nationally and internationally, alongside regular screen appearances, voiceovers and radio projects.
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