Some really bad, and quite upsetting news has surfaced about Tobe Hooper’s latest horror offering, Djinn. The film started shooting last year in Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, and with the film now in post-production, it has hit a major snag. According to Movie Sushi, the film has has had a payoff to have it buried, read on for details by Paolo Zelati:
“Rumors are swirling that someone close to Abu Dhabi’s royal family has seen the movie and does not appreciate its portrayal of the UAE and considers the movie to be politically subversive, and that they’ve paid off the studio’s chairman, Mohammed Al Mubarak, to bury it.
We have heard that even after the movie had a very successful earlier test screening in London, two other film companies even offered to buy it outright, but the chairman refused to hear their bids.
The whole cast and crew is furious with Imagenation [the studio]. They are telling everybody different stories. One actor in the film was even told by someone at the studio that it would never be released because it portrays a ‘witchcraft belief that the country does not acknowledge’. “That’s unbelievable!,” one source close to the production said. “Everybody knows what’s really going on but they’re afraid to talk because they think Al Mubarak will start a smear campaign against them in the Emirati pressn – which is not exactly fair or free.” “
This is shocking news, and a real shame because after the poor efforts last year from both John Carpenter (The Ward) and Wes Craven (My Soul To Take), I had really high hopes that Hooper would deliver. We will now have to wait to see what the outcome will be, but it seems ludicrous that all that hard work by cast, crew and director can just be thrown away like that. In the hope that the film does get released, here’s a reminder of the synopsis and some images recently revealed:
“The story follows a young Emirati couple who return home from the U.S. to discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise built on the site of an abandoned fishing village is also home to the malevolent beings known as “djinn.”“
(Source: Bloody Disgusting)
By Matt Wavish