LONDON — Joe Dante is to direct supernatural thriller “Labirintus,” which Goldcrest will be financing and co-producing. Goldcrest also handles global sales, and will launch the feature film project at the American Film Market. Production is expected to begin next spring, and news on casting will follow.
“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher, who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within Hungary’s Budapest Labyrinth, the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.
Dante started his career as a film critic and then cut trailers for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, before launching his career as a director on “Piranha” for United Artists. His directing career has included “The Howling,” “Gremlins,” “Gremlins 2,” “Innerspace,” “The Burbs” and “Small Soldiers.” Dante has worked with directors and actors such as Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, John Sayles, Tom Hanks, Dennis Quaid and John Landis.
More recently, his 3D film “The Hole” premiered at Venice, winning the inaugural award for Best 3D Feature. On television, Dante’s work includes anthology series “Masters of Horror” and “Amazing Stories,” together with “Eerie, Indiana” and the remake of “Hawaii Five-O.”
The script for “Labirintus” was written by Alan Campbell, a Scottish screenwriter and cult fantasy novelist. It is produced by Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Productions, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Productions, Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Nick Quested and Pascal Degove will serve as executive producers for Goldcrest. Nancy Bishop is casting the film.
Goldcrest Post, which worked on the sound for “Les Miserables” under managing director Patrick Malone, will be providing picture and sound post-production services.
Degove, managing director at Goldcrest Films, said: “Extraordinary to be working with Joe Dante – a director who has been thrilling, surprising and scaring audiences his entire career. ‘Labirintus’ is a creepy and unnerving journey into the psyche, and Joe is the perfect director to bring that to the big screen.”
Dante said: “Fabrice, Lucy, Elizabeth and I are excited to be collaborating with Goldcrest on this compelling, chilling film.”
Goldcrest is readying itself for a busy AFM: the company recently announced they are selling “Come and Find Me,” starring Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) and Annabelle Wallis (Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Round Table,” “X-Men: First Class”). The film is in post but buyers will get their first chance to see footage from the thriller at the AFM.
Goldcrest is also selling “The Blob,” a reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise, starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Simon West, the director of “Con Air” and “Lara Croft,” and “Slumber,” a co-production with The Tea Shop & Film Company’s Mark Lane and James Harris, who is producing “47 Meters Down” for Weinstein.
Goldcrest is screening “Stonewall,” Roland Emmerich’s drama about the landmark event in the fight for gay rights, at the market.