'Re-Animator' helmer to bring L.A. play 'Taste' to big screen

Fans of Stuart Gordon’s cannibal play should save room for a big-screen version.

“Re-Animator” director recently signed on to direct “Taste,” a Los Angeles-based play based on the real-life Rotenburg Cannibal, Armin Meiwes, and will shoot a feature version late next year after its first run. Meiwes made headlines around the world when he killed and ate a willing victim he found on the internet.

Gordon and Adam Goldworm will self-finance and produce the microbudget project, a joint production between Gordon’s Red Hen banner and Goldworm’s Aperture Entertainment. “Taste” scribe Benjamin Brand will adapt his play for the big-screen.

Gordon is currently talking to cast for the play and will use the same thesps for his feature.

Gordon’s 1985 horror pic “Re-Animator,” based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, later turned into a trilogy and a musical. Director has helmed a number of projects since, including Thinkfilm’s 2007 picture “Stuck.”

Brand’s other credits include the 2004 drama “November” from Sony Pictures Classics and IFC miniseries “Bollywood Hero.”

In 2001, Meiwes placed an ad on website The Cannibal Cafe seeking a man to be “slaughtered and consumed.” Meiwes later killed and ate the man who answered the ad. “Taste” the play centers around both men as they meet at Meiwes’ home.

“It’s rare that real horror is done onstage,” Gordon said by email. “‘Re-Animator’ the musical is more comedic than scary. But ‘Taste’ may cause people to actually pass out or lose their lunch in the theater.”

Gersh and Aperture rep Brand, while The Schramm Group and attorney Wayne Alexander rep Gordon.

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