Horror comedy to begin shooting in April

TriStar Pictures has tapped Devon Sawa to star in and Rodman Flender to direct the horror comedy “Idle Hands,” which will begin shooting in April and is slated for release next year.

Sawa will play a high school student whose hands are possessed by the devil. Sawa’s film acting credits include “A Cool, Dry Place,” “Wild America” and “The Boys Club.”

Flender, not new to directing horror, helmed the feature “Leprechaun 2″ (1994) as well as “In the Heat of Passion” (1992) and “The Unborn” (1991). He has also directed television episodes of “Arliss,” “Millennium,” “Party of Five,” “Tales From the Crypt” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

“Idle Hands,” which has been described as a “slacker slasher” movie, was initially set up by Andrew Licht and Jeff Mueller, who will receive producing credits on the film. The project was taken over by its current producers, Team Todd partners Suzanne and Jennifer Todd, and is being supervised by TriStar exec Lauren Lloyd.

The Todds were producers of the 1997 comedy “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

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