Part of me was a little… I don’t know, skeptical about Vincenzo Natali ever going forward with his low-budget, low-key ghost story Haunter. Blame it on a lack of credible financiers or far-too-close shooting date, but it read like something that would be lucky to end up as an eventual footnote on his Wikipedia page.
Though March has come and gone without a frame of recorded film, early April brings the big news since, according to Variety, Natali has set Abigail Breslin for his ghost tale. Said ghost tale (written by Matthew Brian King) will see the young actress play Lisa, a young girl who perished with her family “under sinister circumstances in 1986.” Now, in 2012 (or 2013, if they want to be up-to-date with the impending release), her spirit is forced to save Olivia – or, “her present-day, living counterpart” – from a death under sinister circumstances.
Now, Breslin’s mostly held a spot in our memories because of her work in Little Miss Sunshine — which, while a fine turn, is entirely different from the requirements of material such as Haunter. I can’t say, in good faith, that anything she’s done in the time since stands as hard proof of being the right pick, but I’ll put some faith in Natali for the time being. Splice might be an abhorrent film, but it’s certainly well-cast.
With Copperheart Entertainment producing, shooting will begin in a few weeks.
Is Breslin a strong, reliable choice to be leading Haunter?
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