Foresight Features teaming up with PONTYPOOL scribe Tony Burgess for three genre pics
For those unaware, I love Tony Burgess. I consider PONTYPOOL, written by Burgess and directed by Bruce McDonald, to be one of the most effective, original, and downright horrifying horror films ever made, while the novel on which it is based, Pontypool Changes Everything, quickly became one of my favorites due to his insane prose and ability to spin a metaphor like a madman. While fans of the first have spent many a night waiting for the sequel to the film, tentatively titled PONTYPOOL CHANGES, Burgess has been hard at work, cranking out brilliant and unique horror novels and, of course, writing some kick ass screenplays.
Burgess has teamed up with independent Canadian film studio Foresight Features (MONSTER BRAWL, EXIT HUMANITY) for a slate of three genre pictures, all produced in 2012 with an expected release date of 2013.
The first film is the sci-fi thriller EJECTA, directed by Matt Wiele with the script penned by Burgess (of course). It is the directorial debut of Wiele and stars Julian Richings (CUBE, HARDCORE LOGO), and newcomer Adam Seybold (EXIT HUMANITY). EJECTA is the "thrilling story of two men whose lives cross paths on a fateful night during a solar storm. A terrifying presence besieges the men on a remote farm triggering an intense struggle to survive the night. During the attack the men discover a truth that will change the way we look at the universe." Production wrapped up in mid-May.
There's no rest for the wicked, however, as Burgess and Foresight are jumping headfirst into the next production, a gothic horror throwback film directed by John Geddes, who directed Foresight's Civil War zombie thrilled EXIT HUMANITY. Following this will be a survival horror "nightmare" directed by Jesse Thomas Cook, who directed last year's MONSTER BRAWL.
"These three films with Foresight are each remarkably different," said Burgess. That's what is so exciting for me, getting to push hard on different concepts."
Foresight is owned by Cook, Geddes, and Wiele, who will all serve as executive producers while filmmakers Cody Calahan and Chad Archibald (NEVERLOST) will produce. Regarding the collaboration, Cook had this to say: “Tony lives in the next town over and we’ve all been friends for years, so it was inevitable that we’d finally be working together on something. We’re all very excited to be collaborating with the madman genius of Tony Burgess. He is quite possibly the leading horror author writing in Canada today, and certainly the most bizarre. We hope to harness his morbid energy and capture his sharp-tongued wit in three unique cinematic visions.”
For those curious about the sequel to PONTYPOOL, the script has been in development for many years, and will be more closely related to the book which, by the way, everyone should read. Those looking for a film similar to PONTYPOOL will be very disappointed, as the book is relentless in terms of violence and imagery.
"PONTYPOOL CHANGES is finally in play," said Burgess, "and the prospects look great. It is different than the first but I had written it before PONTYPOOL. It is what happened during the first film: we are in Pontypool listening to the first one on the radio." Burgess's more recent novels include People Live Still in Cashtown Corners and Ravenna Gets, while his book Idaho Winters was nominated for the Trillium award, Ontario’s most prestigious writing accolade.