Some quick casting announcements here for some upcoming horror films, so let’s get started shall we.
Bloody Disgusting has revealed that Analeigh Tipton (above, Warm Bodies) has joined the cast of Viral. Originally titled Peste, Viral had The House at the End of the Street director Mark Tonderai attached to helm, with Abigail Breslin set to star. Tonderai has since left the project, which is being produced by Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, and now Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman will direct.
Tipton has landed the lead role, which suggest that Breslin is no longer attached to star.
The Weinstein’s will be releasing the film, which will be produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.Barbara Marshall and Chris Landon wrote the script.
Here is the latest synopsis, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:
Viral follows teenager Emma Drakeford, struggling after a recent family tragedy, who begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. Everything goes crazy when a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town, turning her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, Emma believes they are out of harm’s way but when the contagion finally infiltrates their home Emma and her family are faced with an impossible decision – if someone you love becomes a threat, do you kill them in cold blood or save them at the risk of your own life?
Deadline reports that Eliza Dushku (above) is to star in a new psychological thriller set in a former insane asylum, and come on we all love movies set in insane asylums don’t we?
Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Brandon T. Jackson and PJ Byrne are set to start production on Eloise, the Robert Legato-directed psychological thriller.
Shooting begins May 5, with Tripp Vinson and Sanford Nelson producing and Linden Nelson, Don Foss, Lisa Zambri and Sean Gowrie exec producing. The script was written by Chris Borrelli (Vatican Tapes).
The film is set in a defunct insane asylum known as “Eloise.” Four friends break into the abandoned institution in hopes of finding a death certificate, which will provide Jacob (Crawford) with the rights to a sizable inheritance. While inside the asylum, the group not only finds that the institution houses a horrifying history but also the truth about their own tragic pasts. They’re shooting in the Eloise Insane Asylum which was one of the largest mental institutions in the world. What began as one building in Westland, MI in 1832, rapidly grew into a 78-building self-sustained city, complete with its own fire and police departments, train station, post office and farms. Eloise closed its doors in 1982, and has since been dormant and left to ruin.
WME Global will sell North American rights and Hyde Park International will shop the offshore rights at Cannes next month.
Found Footage 3D
Finally, a press release confirms the first cast member for upcoming 3D horror, Found Footage 3D.
The Press Release:
A month before rolling camera on the meta horror film Found Footage 3D, the filmmakers are pleased to announce their first cast member: Austin native Jessica Perrin, who will assume the role of Lily, the awestruck production assistant.
FF3D tells the story of a film crew who travel to a remote cabin in the woods to shoot a 3D found footage horror film, but get more than they bargained for when the evil entity they created for their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.
Jessica was one of the first people seen for this role two months ago. Writer/director Steven DeGennaro deliberately chose one of the hardest scenes in the script for this audition, and Jessica’s audition video was head and shoulders above all the others. Says DeGennaro, “It was so good that if she’d shot it in 3D, we could’ve literally dropped the scene into the finished movie as is.” He adds, “We went on to audition almost 200 actresses for this part, but even after direction none of them came close to pulling off what Jessica was able to do right out of the gate. Jessica is going to be a huge star, and we’re all really looking forward to working with her.”
FF3D begins shooting in Gonzales, TX, in late May.