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Phantom Four, Rat bite on ‘Mucho Mojo’

Goyer attached to helm adaptation of Lansdale's novel

HOLLYWOOD –“Blade” scribe David Goyer’s production shingle Phantom Four Films and Rat Entertainment have teamed with StudioCanal on indie feature “Mucho Mojo,” with Goyer attached to direct.

Comic thriller is an adaptation, being penned by Ted Tally, of Joe R. Lansdale’s novel. Phantom Four prexy Pascale Faubert and Rat Entertainment’s Jay Stern and Cindy Guidry will produce. Tally and Brett Ranter will serve as exec producers. StudioCanal will handle international distribution rights.

“Mojo” revolves around two friends who are left to clean up a recently deceased uncle’s home, which one of the duo has inherited. They unearth a skeleton, leading to questions about the uncle’s involvement in a series of local murders. Pic will shoot on location in east Texas.

“As an emerging director, I’m excited to interpret another writer’s script, especially a screenwriter as accomplished as Ted Tally,” said Goyer. “The project also provides me with the opportunity to be on the other side of the collaborative process.”

Added Faubert: “David has fantastic instincts as a director and a great understanding of actors, and I’m thrilled by the opportunity this project will give him to show an even broader range of his talents.”

Formed in late 2001 by Goyer and Faubert, Phantom Four, which has a two-pic deal with New Line, where Goyer is writing and producing “Blade 3.”

Their slate includes the following:

  • “Alone,” which New Line bought as a spec script. An agoraphobic high school student learns her home is haunted and must either overcome her phobia or die. Kevin Taft is penning the screenplay, which Goyer and Faubert will produce. As yet no director is onboard.

  • “Darksiders,” which Goyer will direct for New Line from Tom Parker and Jim Jennewein’s screenplay. Pic, produced by Tracie Graham and Alison Rosenzweig follows a band of bloodsuckers turned into special operatives for the FBI.

Goyer’s directorial debut, the urban drama “ZigZag,” an adaptation of Landon Napoleon’s novel that stars Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Natasha Lyonne and Sam Jones III, will be released later this month through Silver Nitrate, a division of Newmarket.

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