Session 9 and The Machinist director Brad Anderson has just finished his latest horror flick, The Hive, and all eyes are on it to see if he can rectify the poor film Vanishing on 7th Street. I think the director has a lot of talent, and hopefully The Hive will bring back his credibility. However, there is now a new film on Anderson’s agenda which sounds like it too might give the director that much needed boost.
Eliza Graves was picked up by Millennium Films at this weeks American Film Market, and Anderson has been attached to direct. Originally the film was due to be directed by Oren Peli, and was set to be his follow up directorial film after Paranormal Activity. As we all know, Peli has chosen to produce and write more than direct, and he plans to now produce Eliza Graves instead. However if you are hoping to see more of Peli the director, Area 51 should be with us soon.
Eliza Graves is based on an Edgar Allen Poe comedic short story called The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether , and sounds perfect for Anderson to direct. The film was originally going to be made, by Peli, two years ago with Ian McKellan and Natalie Portman tipped to star, but it is doubtful they will be on hand now. Offers are set to go out next week to actors for the film, with shooting to begin early next year.
The synopsis released two years ago went like this:
A Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.
Here is the new synopsis:
A new physician who arrives to apprentice at a mental institution where he falls in love with a patient under circumstances that are more complicated than they seem.