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Joe Dante at Bat

05.15.2008
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Veteran director Joe Dante has an impressive genre filmography, but he's determined to get a few more on there.

The guy who brought us classics both major and minor (PIRANHA, THE HOWLING, GREMLINS, INNERSPACE, MATINEE, THE 'BURBS, EXPLORERS, etc.) has a couple of new projects on his plate. BAT OUT OF HELL (a tentative title, I assume, due to Meat Loaf spoilage) is about "a hijacked red-eye flight that's carrying monstrous cargo." BAT is particularly notable in that it was penned by fellow online writer Drew McWeeny -- better known as Ain't It Cool's "Moriarty" -- along with his collaborator Scott Swan. Score one for the internets!

Dante is also digging into THE HOLE, a supernatural thriller from VACANCY writer Mark Smith. That one's about brothers who find a pit in their basement filled with dread. Better than a backed-up septic tank, probably. Whatever the case, the creature effects on both projects should be kickass.
Extra Tidbit: Dante veered away from frights in recent years (LOONEY TUNES, SMALL SOLDIERS) but kept the knives sharp with some episodes of "Masters of Horror".
Source: Variety

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11:13PM on 05/15/2008
I hate when quality directors such as Dante start doing subpar films and projects. Clearly Joe is capable of excellence (Gremlins, Innerspace, The Howling and The 'Burbs) so here's hoping he can make a little comeback. I'll root for him.
I hate when quality directors such as Dante start doing subpar films and projects. Clearly Joe is capable of excellence (Gremlins, Innerspace, The Howling and The 'Burbs) so here's hoping he can make a little comeback. I'll root for him.
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