Multi award-winning director Peter Strickland, who was in Berlin competition last year with Katalina Varga(pictured), is plotting a new Italy-set horror film.

The project, called Berberian Sound Studio, is being made through the UK’s Illuminations Films and digital film studio Warp X. Illuminations’ Keith Griffiths and Simon Field, and Peter Carlton and Robin Gutch from Warp, are producing the film. The Italian and English-language film is due to shoot later this year.

Illuminations and Warp X are looking to bring in an international co-producer and are expected to appoint a sales agent shortly. The project has received development funding from the UK Film Council Development Fund’s First Feature Fund, which is supervised by Lizzie Francke.

The film will follow an English sound engineer who goes to work in an Italian sound studio that handles many of the country’s nastiest horror flicks.