Joe Dante is the director of the classic festive horror comedy, Gremlins and also the superb werewolf horror The Howling. More recently he directed modern greats such as The Hole and Burying the Ex, and he has just announced his latest venture into horror, Labirintus.
The film sounds pretty serious for Dante’s standards, and Variety had the exclusive details:
Joe Dante is to direct supernatural thriller “Labirintus,” which Goldcrest will be financing and co-producing. Goldcrest also handles global sales, and will launch the feature film project at the American Film Market. Production is expected to begin next spring, and news on casting will follow.
“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher, who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within Hungary’s Budapest Labyrinth, the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.
Goldcrest Post, which worked on the sound for “Les Miserables” under managing director Patrick Malone, will be providing picture and sound post-production services.
“Labirintus” is produced by Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Productions, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Productions, Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Nick Quested and Pascal Degove will serve as executive producers for Goldcrest. Nancy Bishop is casting the film.
Degove, managing director at Goldcrest Films, said: “Extraordinary to be working with Joe Dante – a director who has been thrilling, surprising and scaring audiences his entire career. ‘Labirintus’ is a creepy and unnerving journey into the psyche, and Joe is the perfect director to bring that to the big screen.”
Dante said: “Fabrice, Lucy, Elizabeth and I are excited to be collaborating with Goldcrest on this compelling, chilling film.”