7. He'd Be A Great Fit With Rodriguez
Since Robert Rodriguez is producing the movie, he’d want to work with a director with the ability to both fight his corner artistically and work with the studio.
With The Descent, Marshall faced a fight over the ending. He negotiated a deal that left him looking like the winner...
“Lionsgate tested it in the States. They tested it with the original ending on. And then they had the idea of cutting it a little bit so that basically Sarah ended up out of the cave at the end of the film, and they tested it again and it scored much better!
“Now, they couldn’t cut the film themselves, they had to come and get our approval to cut it.
“So, we thought about it for a while and we said, ‘Okay, we’ll let you cut it… as long as you give us the widest possible theatrical release. We want a minimum of 1000 screens.’
“And at that point, there was no guarantee we were even going to get a theatrical release at all. But they said okay. So, we agreed to do it and cut the ending on the basis of getting a wide theatrical release, which we got.
“And I knew all along the UK ending would be seen on the DVD anyway, one way or another.”