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Joe Dante to direct ‘Bat Out of Hell’

Parallel Zide, VooDoo to produce horror film

Veteran director Joe Dante will helm indie horror project “Bat Out of Hell” for Parallel Zide and VooDoo Prods.

Project’s produced by Warren Zide, Jerry Daigle, Michael Arata and Ray Markovich; Craig Titley exec produces. Shooting is expected to begin later this year.

“Bat Out of Hell,” written by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, centers on a red-eye flight from L.A. to New York during which hijackers confront the monstrous cargo.

Dante’s credits include “Piranha,” both “Gremlins” pics, “Small Soldiers” and the “Masters of Horror” TV series. McWeeny’s also worked on “Masters of Horror,” spent 12 years at online site Ain’t It Cool News and has teamed with Swan on “Dread,” “Mortal Kombat: Devastation” and a remake of “Race With the Devil.” Swan’s also worked on “Masters of Horror.”

Zide, producer of the “American Pie” and “Final Destination” franchises, is partnering with Parallel Media in a $70 million production financing deal covering eight films.

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