I’d been working on a few different scripts, one of them was called Get Jakarta.
Andy knew some people in the Philippines and I’d had this idea to do a crime horror crossover, so Get Jakarta was essentially Get Carter set in the Philippines, which then turned into a HP Lovecraft thing.
We’re actually talking about doing some Lovecraft at the moment, because it’s out of copyright so it’s easy to get to get the rights to, but also because that whole setting is really interesting.
But anyway, a lot of plot elements from Get Jakarta ended up in Kill List, like the cut hand, and the search and so on, but the project itself didn’t materialise.
But that idea bubbled around from that point on.
I also had another script I’d written called No, which was about a husband and wife who try to beat the recession by committing bank robberies.
I talked to Neil (Maskell) and MyAnna (Buring) about doing a short version of that, which didn’t come off for various reasons.
I worked with Michael (Smiley) on Down Terrace, and I had this pool of people who I wanted to work with, so I started to pull together these ideas to engineer a script which would allow me to work with these guys.