Elijah Wood, purveyor of horror? Who knew?
According to Deadline, it's true. The furry little hobbit is just struck a deal with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller or to create The Woodshed, a production banner dedicated to nothing but genre titles. We knew Elijah was a Maniac, but damn!
About the formation, Wood had this to say:
“I’ve been a fan of horror and genre cinema in general since I was a child and have become increasingly passionate about the idea of there being a space in which horror films that take their subject matter and characters seriously could be produced...What was born out of a conversation of our mutual love for the genre and what we felt was lacking in a broad sense, especially from the U.S. market, became The Woodshed.”
All three players, having met on on indie I AM THE FUTURE, are steeped in genre material. Noah wrote BELIEVERS and MCCANICK, while Waller has RAZE due later this year. And that's just the tip of the ice, as you'll see with the following intital Woodshed lineup:
CURSE OF THE DARKNESS, a socio-political zombie film scripted by Brandon Maurice Williams to shoot in February in Florida in partnership with Cinipix Films. Building on the research of anthropologist Wade Davis, the film takes a grounded approach to Haitian zombie practices to tackle immigration issues. Lawrence Inglee is also a co-producer.
HENLEY, a feature transfer of the 2012 Sundance short written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill. Macneill will direct and Noah Greenberg is producer as well as cinematographer. The film is described as an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath as he first discovers his taste for killing.
The Ivan Ford-scripted HARROW, to be directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe (Lost In La Mancha, Brothers Of The Head) chronicles an unlikely friendship between an earnest female doctor and a shady photojournalist as they become trapped together in a town that has been quarantined as it experiences a number of disturbing paranormal events.
The Peter Charles Melman-scripted IT WAS CRUEL, to be helmed by Shadow Of The Vampire‘s E. Elias Merhige. The film uses the horror genre to confront the spiritual corruption that many Jews were forced to accept in order to survive World War II.
Props to Elijah, right?! Which flick on the docket looks most promising?