Nick Simon and Luke Baines, who labored collectively on the 2015 slasher film The Woman within the Images, have reteamed for a Hollywood-themed horror film that was written throughout the pandemic and has already accomplished principal images.
Simon directed from a script he co-wrote with Baines, who stars alongside Claire Holt (47 Meters Down), Darren Barnet (By no means Have I Ever), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Katherine McNamara (Arrow) and Timothy Granaderos (13 Causes Why), in addition to Kevin Daniels (Sirens), newcomer Sohm Kapila and Kal Penn, who additionally co-starred in The Woman within the Images.
Randy Sinquefield’s Spectrum Studios financed the untitled movie, which was produced by Bronwyn Cornelius (Clemency) and Marina Stabile (Beatriz at Dinner). Submit-production is predicted to wrap by early September, and CAA Media Finance is representing worldwide rights.
Simon’s film is described as a tongue-in-cheek satire of Gen Z superstar, present enterprise, and the horror film style that explores the behind-the-scenes lives of reasonably well-known individuals who will do something to save lots of their careers. The story follows six actors whose hit TV present is on the point of cancellation, so that they resolve to movie their very own horror film. Looking for a plot, they unintentionally summon a spirit with an affinity for violence, who begins selecting them off — one vapid actor at a time. It’s instructed completely by way of laptop screens and located footage, per the filmmakers.
“I’ve at all times believed that movie ought to be a collaborative artwork kind, and I don’t assume there’s a more true instance than with this image. The actors did all the things from lighting themselves — guided by our unbelievable DP, Kevin Duggin — to recording their very own sound and doing their very own hair and make-up. As loopy as that would have been, it was simply some of the pleasurable experiences in my skilled life. It was a type of as soon as in a lifetime moments when all the things aligns on the actual proper time,” mentioned Simon, who was mentored by grasp of horror Wes Craven, and is at the moment creating a choose-your-own-adventure-style horror movie with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Companions.
“There’s a joke within the movie that claims: ‘The one individuals who say there’s artistic freedom from making their very own stuff are those who can’t get a studio to finance their film.’ I wish to publicly contradict myself and say I’ve by no means had extra enjoyable or felt this quantity of area to take dangers and make errors, though I do wholeheartedly miss having a full crew,” mentioned Baines. “I believe I communicate for the remainder of the actors once I say we’ve by no means had extra respect for every division.”
Along with The Woman within the Images, Simon additionally directed The Pyramid for Fox, whereas Baines’ credit embrace Shadowhunters and Underneath the Silver Lake. The striking-looking actor was additionally as soon as solid as David Bowie in a David Fincher TV collection that I’d kill to look at sooner or later. For extra on Simon’s relationship with Craven, click here for our interview with him out of Toronto.