Author Peter Straub has been plugging along in the literary horror genre for decades now, and we’re always interested when word of a film adaptation of one of his novels crosses our desks. Especially when it includes a cast with such talented actors as Jackson Rathbone (Dread, The Twilight Saga) and Bill Nighy (Underworld, Shaun of the Dead).
Per Variety both thesps are in advanced negotiations to star in a 3D feature adaptation of Straub’s Shadowland.
The film follows two young boys who spend a summer with a famous magician, who teaches them more than just harmless tricks but real sorcery. It will be shot in Ireland and the U.K. for under $20 million and marks the first project in a collaborative arrangement with Straub and Santa Monica-based screenwriter-producer Larry Leahy and Benjamin Straub to bring his tomes to the big screen.
Erik Canuel (Cadavers, The Outlander) will helm the project while 3D duties will be handled by veteran 3D stereographer Paul Taylor, the 3D Camera Company and Creative Post. Producers include Donald C. Archbold, Paul Myler, and Leahy. Benjamin Straub will join the project as co-producer.
The film is currently pre-selling at AFM so keep it here for more as it comes.
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