The writer of the superb horror, Pontypool, is back. Author Tony Burgess has written another three stories, all of which are due to be adapted into movies this year. Read on for the very exciting press release and check out a few stills at the bottom:
Following on the heels of its award-winning 2011 films Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity, independent Canadian film studio Foresight Features has teamed up with celebrated author Tony Burgess in a deal that includes three exciting genre projects produced in 2012 and set to premiere and release worldwide in 2013.
The first film in this all-Canuck collaboration is the gripping sci-fi chiller EJECTA, directed by Foresight filmmaker Matt Wiele from a script by Burgess, which wrapped production in mid-May 2012. The company is also teaming up with Burgess for a Gothic horror throwback directed by John Geddes (Exit Humanity) set for production in July and a survival horror nightmare directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) that goes to camera in September. Foresight owners Cook, Geddes and Wiele will executive produce the three-film slate with fellow filmmakers Cody Calahan and Chad Archibald (Neverlost) on board as producers.
Tony Burgess is the author of Pontypool Changes Everything, which he adapted into a script for Bruce McDonald’s cult masterpiece Pontypool in 2008. He has been developing Pontypool II with McDonald, which was recently selected as one of Fantasia International Film Festival’s Frontieres Co-Production Market projects. Last year he released the book People Live Still at Cashtown Corners, published by Chizine. And his latest book, Idaho Winter, was nominated for the Trillium award, Ontario’s most prestigious writing accolade.
“Tony lives in the next town over and we’ve all been friends for years so it was inevitable that we’d finally be working together on something. We’re all very excited to be collaborating with the madman genius of Tony Burgess. He is quite possibly the leading horror author writing in Canada today and certainly the most bizarre. We hope to harness his morbid energy and capture his sharp-tongued wit in three unique cinematic visions.”
-Jesse Thomas Cook
“The Foresight crew are smart and restless professionals who wanna do some damage. I’m just along for the wild ride.”
The first of these films is EJECTA, starring Julian Richings, from such cult classics as Cube and Hard Core Logo, alongside newcomer Adam Seybold, who delivered a standout performance in Exit Humanity, and marks the directorial debut of Foresight producer Matt Wiele.
EJECTA is the terrifying story of two men whose lives cross paths on a fateful night during a solar storm. A terrifying presence besieges the men on a remote farm, triggering an intense struggle to survive the night. During the attack the men discover a truth that will change the way we look at the universe.
By Matt Wavish