Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing are teaming to produce “The ABCs of Death,” a 26-chapter anthology film that 25 established horror directors — plus a contest winner — will direct.
Each director will be assigned a letter from the alphabet that represents a word to act as a springboard for a short. It will be up to each filmmaker to interpret, from accidental deaths to murders committed in cold blood.
Production is slated to begin in June, with completion slated for January — six months, six weeks and six days later. The 25 directors participating are from all over the world, while the 26th helmer will be chosen as part of a global contest to find a new filmmaking talent. Directors include Jason Eisener (“Hobo With a Shotgun”), Nacho Vigalondo (“TimeCrimes”), Ti West (“The House of the Devil”), Srdjan Spasojevic (“A Serbian Film”), Angela Bettis (“Roman”) and Ben Wheatley (“The Kill List”).
Alamo Drafthouse CEO-founder Tim League and Timpson Films CEO Ant Timpson will co-produce the project, for which Magnolia Intl. will handle international sales.
” ‘The ABCs of Death’ offers us a chance to work closely with a large number of visionary filmmakers to create a film with more jaw-dropping moments than a whole summer of blockbusters,” League said.
“This project was inspired by my young sons being introduced to the world through their ABCs books. The idea of subverting that format to reveal a study in all the dastardly and humorous ways a person can leave this world appealed on multiple levels,” said Timpson, who added that “it was somewhat fitting to learn that the earliest forms of the ABCs books actually did use fear of punishment to teach the young.”
“I got to the letter A and said yes,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn, who negotiated the deal with League, Timpson and Jason Janego. “We’re super excited to be working with a familiar cast of Magnet directors, as well as Tim League and Ant Timpson.”
Other directors involved include Banjong Pisanthanakun, Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet, Gadi Harel, Thomas Malling, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Simon Rumley, Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura, Marcel Sarmiento, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Jake West and Adam Wingard.