The Escapist Helmers Next Three Projects May 12, 2008 The intriguing genesis, impassioned adherents and unique fashions and dance moves of the Northern Soul scene make it one of the most fascinating of British youth culture movements — not to mention the music it celebrates, which is quite simply some of the greatest ever made. Shimmy Marcus’ dynamic and satisfying coming-of-age film is set right at the pulsing heart of the craze, and features a great UK cast. ‘The Escapist’ director Rupert Wyatt has set his next three projects. He will write and direct an untitled drama based on the Samuel Logan book ‘This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha’. The book is the story of Brenda Paz, a teenaged ex-member of the MS-13 gang who was killed by her comrades after she became an informant for the FBI. Wyatt has also just made a deal to direct ‘Slipping Into Darkness’ an adaptation of the Peter Blauner novel to be scripted by ‘Brotherhood’ creator Blake Masters. The film is billed as a cat-and-mouse thriller about a cop who, 20 years after sending a teenager to jail for life, watches him freed on a technicality. Before either of these projects, Wyatt will direct ‘The Trail’, a drama he scripted with ‘The Escapist’ co-writer Daniel Hardy. The film follows two soldiers on a base in New Mexico who are led by a Native American woman up a trail to find her brother, who has been badly hurt in mysterious circumstances. Filming is due to start in Nex Mexico this September. EXTRAs: ‘The Escapist’ was the 2008 Surprise Film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.