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Sam Raimi Producing ‘Angelfall’; Fox 2000 and WB Set Up Adaptations; Silver Pictures Plan Found Footage Horror

Written by on November 15, 2012 

It’s still three-and-a-half months until Sam Raimi finally has another film in theaters, but the man is keeping his producer’s credit fresh month after month. For one of his next efforts, the Oz director has bought rights to a YA post-apocalyptic (covering the bases) series, Angelfall, which he and frequent partner Robert Tapert are supporting in conjunction with Good Universe; a studio has yet to be secured. [THR]

Susan Ee has written the full set, known as Penryn & the End of Days, wherein angels of the apocalypse have exerted their anger against mankind for killing the Archangel Gabriel. Of course, there’s an oddly-named teenage hero in the waits: Penryn, who is soon working with Raffe, “a handsome young angel with clipped wings,” to find her sister amongst the cannibals and seraphs of Northern California. (This is after the apocalypse, mind you.) Since there are several installments, however, I doubt they’ll find her that soon.

Other adaptations are being wrangled together at Warner Bros. and Fox 2000, with TheWrap letting us in on the former studio’s dealings. As their sources report, Julia Hart (upcoming western The Keeping Room) is entering the studio’s rotation to write a film version of the Jamie McGuire novel Beautiful Disaster. If that title strikes a memory chord, it might have to do with us reporting on its acquisition this past July. (I hope that’s the reason.)

The story’s supposed to resemble Fifty Shades of Grey, centering on a wholesome college girl, Abby Abernathy, whose attention is seized by Travis Maddox, a fellow student said to be “lean, cut and covered in tattoos.” Things get testy upon entering a bet where our protagonist must live with him for a month if she loses; clearly, he wants sex, and where it goes will determine if he gets it.

Otherwise, Fox 2000, Imagine Entertainment, and Film 360 will be working toward a film based on Peter Spiegelman‘s Thick as Thieves. The title might suggest what’s only a crime tale, but a bit of spy intrigue figures in, too, as this revolves around Carr, a former CIA operative who finds new work with a team planning to rob “one of the world’s most dangerous bankers.” Unsurprisingly, they’re not the most trustworthy group of folks, forcing him to get the job done before it’s too late and everything closes in. [Variety]

Ryan Knighton will be writing the script.

Finally, Silver Pictures, hot off Project X, are taking their micro-budget talents from comedy toward horror. Variety tell us the group are gaining traction on an untitled picture, written by Joseph Dembner, which follows a dysfunctional group who find themselves at the mercy of home invaders, a set-up that’s directly indebted to The Strangers. (There are other examples, but that’s the one being pointed toward directly.) Perhaps one of the loons will be a drunk midget?

Do any of the talent sound to be making right choices with these projects?

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