EXCLUSIVE: Oculus and Somnia director Mike Flanagan has committed to next helm Gerald’s Game, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Flanagan wrote the script with his writing partner Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy and his Intrepid Pictures banner will produce, as he also did on Flanagan’s two horror films.
Flanagan and Macy originally intended the next picture to be Diver, a film that would have started production this summer. They’ve pushed that picture back and instead will plunge full on into Gerald’s Game, which is casting for a fall start and will be selling here at Cannes. King is very hands on and particular about filmmakers he trusts with rights to his novels. He takes upfront option fees as low as $1 (against a healthy back end), and when you are lucky enough to get one, you try to move fast.
Gerald’s Game revolves around a seemingly harmless contest between a married couple in a remote retreat. It escalates to become a harrowing fight for survival and wife Jessie must confront long-buried demons within her own mind — and possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Read More »
And now there are five movies opening wide the weekend before Easter. Relativity has shifted Oculus from April 18 — where it slotted the horror pic only a month ago — to April 11, adding to an already-crowded frame. The Blumhouse film starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff now will open against Fox’s toon sequel Rio 2, Lionsgate’s Kevin Costner football drama Draft Day, Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage and the Weinstein Company’s Bill Murray pic St. Vincent De Van Nuys. Mike Flanagan directs Oculus, about a pair of grown siblings who set out to expose and destroy the haunted mirror they believe was responsible for their parents’ murder a decade earlier. Flanagan and Jeff Howard wrote the script. The film was developed and produced by Intrepid Pictures, which co-financed with MICA Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Intrepid Pictures has tapped Grzegorz Jonkajtys to helm Fourth Horseman, a contemporary action thriller. The logline: a young medical intern who is haunted by nightmarish clairvoyant visions of the future, is hunted by three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He discovers his destiny is to prevent the rise of the Fourth Horseman–Death–and to avert the end of the world.
Script was written by Byron Willinger & Phil DeBlasi, and the latest draft was written by Ryan Engel. Intrepid’s Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing and Mike Karz is executive producer.
Jonkajtys helmed the short thriller films The 3rd Letter and The Ark. He has also done strong visual effects work on such films as Battleship, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Rango, Iron Man 2, Star Trek, Sin City and Pan’s Labyrinth. He’s repped by Verve and Gotham Group.
Intrepid is in pre-production on Oculus, the supernatural thriller that starts production in October with Mike Flanagan directing, and they’ve completed the teen thriller Crush with Crystal Reed and Lucas Till. Summit releases The Cold Light Of Day with Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver September 7. Intrepid’s most recent release was the John Cusack-starrer The Raven and The Strangers.
Here is Jonkajtys’ short film Ark, which was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes:
Karen Gillan will play the lead role in Oculus, a horror film being produced by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans and fully financed by their Intrepid Pictures. Production is set for the fall in Alabama. The plot begins 10 years after a horrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although authorities charged the brother with murder, his sister, Kaylie, believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but Kaylie is determined to prove that the mirror was responsible for destroying their family. Anil Kurian will executive produce for Intrepid. U.S. distribution is being handled by FilmDistrict, and international by Focus Features International. Gillan, who currently stars on the BBC cult hit Doctor Who, is repped by UTA. Read More »