“Howling” Director Joe Dante Returns With Supernatural Chiller
Joe Dante is haunting the horror genre once again.
The director of The Howling, Gremlins and Piranha, will soon be zipping over to Hungary to shoot Labirintus, a supernatural tale set within the creepy confines of an abandoned Soviet laboratory located under historic Buda Castle, the palace complex of Hungarian kings.
While exploring the lab, a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher are terrorised by supernatural forces, and ultimately question their own sanity.
The screenplay springs from the mind of Alan Campbell, a Scottish screenwriter and author of sci-fi fiction.
Goldcrest Films International, which is handling the film’s sales, will pitch it to buyers at the annual American Film Market (AFM) next month. The eight-day AFM, which takes place in Santa Monica, California, holds movie related presentations, conferences and networking events, while enabling films to be sold, financed and acquired.
Pascal Degove, managing director of Goldcrest Films, believes Dante is the perfect director to bring Labirintus to the screen, and describes the film as a “creepy, unnerving journey into the psyche.” Dante, meanwhile, says the project is “chilling” and “compelling.”
Goldcrest is also planning a remake of The Blob – the 1952 creature feature revolving around a small town terrorised by an alien blob monster. Samuel L. Jackson will play a biochemistry professor who is brought in to fight the blob, while Simon West is set to direct. No firm start date has been confirmed yet.
Director Chuck Russell remade The Blob, starring Shawnee Smith and Kevin Dillon, back in 1988.