Eli Roth to produce Gavin Polone-directed PSYCHO KILLER
It looks as though Eli Roth will be working more in a producing capacity while he gears up his next directing gig. The HOSTEL director already produced this year's handicam horror film THE LAST EXORCISM and is now set to follow that by working on a serial killer film called, appropriately, PSYCHO KILLER.
The Wrap reports that ZOMBIELAND producer Gavin Polone will make the project his directorial debut, with 8MM screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker penning the script. The film will follow a masked murderer who kills a Nebraska police officer. The cop's wife, a fellow officer, witnesses the murder and sets out to find the killer before he can strike again.
Unlike THE LAST EXORCISM, the film will not be another entry into the "found footage" subgenre of horror films, and will follow the killer for the first portion of the movie before cutting back-and-forth with the female cop's storyline. The cast is expected to include a female lead who "audiences are familiar with, but don't know as a star just yet," with production scheduled to begin in Michigan next spring.
I'm cautiously optimistic. Andrew Kevin Walker wrote the script for the atrocious THE WOLFMAN, but he also penned David Fincher's fantastic serial killer drama SE7EN, so he'll be working in familiar territory. I found THE LAST EXORCISM to be pretty tense and enjoyable and as long as this isn't just another "torture porn" film in the vein of Roth's HOSTEL, this definitely has potential. I'm always interested to see how filmmakers handle dark material with a female lead. What do you think?
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