EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films has acquired Nothing To Fear, the first film produced by Slasher Films, the horror label hatched by former Guns n Roses guitarist Slash and the producing team of Rob Eric and Michael Williams. Nothing To Fear is based on an actual town in Kansas, which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell. Anthony Leonardi III is directing. He has been the lead creature artist and storyboard artist for Constantine, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, Rango and the upcoming 47 Ronin. Slash will be co-producing the score of the movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Slasher Films, the genre shingle launched by Michael Williams, Rob Eric and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, has scared up its first greenlit film. Anthony Leonardi is set to direct Nothing to Fear, and Thomas Haden Church is in talks to star. Jonathan W.C. Mills wrote the script. Leonardi is making his directing debut after serving on the creative teams of directors Gore Verbinski and Francis Lawrence, developing creatures and storyboard design for films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, Constantine and Water for Elephants.
The pic focuses on a family’s journey toward a better life, and how it is undone by a charismatic but unbalanced man of the cloth (Church). It’s based on an actual town purported to be one of the seven gateways to hell. The picture will begin shooting in late October in Louisiana, with funding from Upload Films and upstart film investment company Middle Crisis Productions. Movie Package Company’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield arranged the financing and will be executive producers. CAA reps Slasher Films and will broker a domestic deal.
Musicians spiced up the 2011 Sundance Film Festival last weekend, with films involving Lou Reed, James Taylor and the Grateful Dead. And then there was iconic ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who spent the weekend meeting potential studio partners for three new horror films he has set under his Slasher Films producing label.
Slash launched Slasher Films last fall by setting up the Jonathan W.C. Mills-scripted fright film Nothing to Fear. He has partnered with Scout Productions’ Michael Williams and Rob Eric to acquire three horror film packages. Jay Russell is attached to direct Wake the Dead, a contemporary re-imagining of Frankenstein. It is adapted from the graphic novel by Steve Niles, whose work has been turned into such films as 30 Days of Night.
A deal is being made to produce Theorem, to be helmed by Splice director Vincenzo Natali from a script he wrote with Mike Finch. Pic is about a genius college professor who, trying to break down the genetic compound of an ancient artifact, discovers it’s a relic from hell and that he has unwittingly unlocked the equation for evil. Steve Hoban is producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Unless you answer to Rob Zombie, what musician has a name better suited to horror film making than Slash? The iconic guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver has teamed with Scout Productions to start Slasher Films. They will produce edgy contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the ’70s and ’80s. They’ve set up their first: Nothing to Fear, a horror/thriller that follows a young family as it tries to reinvent itself by moving to a small town in rural Kansas. The family is tormented by an ancient demon with an insatiable blood lust. The script was written by Jonathan W.C. Mills, who’s currently working on the Gold Circle pic Inside Passage.