A new genre label has been formed with plans to develop, produce and finance four to six new thriller and horror feature films, including a remake of George A. Romero's classic DAY OF THE DEAD, according to Deadline.
The new shingle, Vicarious Entertainment, is being hatched by 1821 Media’s Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas, who wrapped the Natalie Portman-starrer JANE GOT A GUN and are developing THE ODYSSEY at Warner Bros. The company already has four films in post-production.
Vicarious teamed with INSIDIOUS producer and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY exec producer Steven Schneider for the Adam Levins-directed dark psychological thriller ESTRANGED. The film is in post-production and is being sold at AFM by Good Universe, with WME Global making the domestic deal. William Borthwick is producing and Schneider, Jessica Malik, and Jessica Parker are exec producers. Here's the synopsis for that one:
The heroine has a near-fatal accident that leaves her in a wheelchair unable to remember much. When she returns home six years later, she tries to reacquaint with her family, but she can’t remember who she was or why she left home in the first place. She soon discovers that the family is not what they seem, as shocking and deadly secrets emerge.
Vicarious has also teamed with Campbell Grobman Films to develop DAY OF THE DEAD, a remake of George Romero’s zombie extravaganza that is set at Millenium Films. We last told you about this upcoming remake a few months ago when it was first announced. Let's just hope it's better than the awful 2008 Steve Miner-helmed remake-in-name-only.
Vicarious Entertainment's Terry Dougas says of the new venture...
“Our goal is for Vicarious to be a premiere destination that excites creators from all over the world. We are giving them creative freedom and allowing them to showcase their strong vision and voice. There are great filmmakers out there and appetite for the genre so it’s a great time for us to be launching.”
We'll keep you posted on news regarding films from this new shingle as we hear it!