With his latest company, A Bigger Boat, Peter Block is amassing quite the horror canon with films from both up-and-comers like Adam Green and even horror masters like John Carpenter. The next talent to set sail? Tom Shankland, director of The Children. There truly are some wonderfully dark days ahead, dearest reader!
From the Press Release:
UK director Tom Shankland has signed on to direct DARK CORNERS, a film being produced and financed by A Bigger Boat with producers Peter Block and Andy Gould, in association with GreeneStreet Films. Tim Williams and Amanda Essick will executive produce, while Jeremy Platt will serve as co-producer.
Tom Shankland’s most recent feature film, THE CHILDREN, was produced in association with the BBC and released in the US under Sam Raimi’s Ghost House banner. It was also an official selection of the Sitges Film Festival 2009, where it was nominated for Best Film. Shankland has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for his short films BAIT and GOING DOWN while his debut feature, THE KILLING GENE, was released by Dimension Extreme in 2007.
The script for DARK CORNERS is penned by E.L. Katz and Tim Day. Originally based on an idea by Block and Gould, the script was developed internally at GreeneStreet and A Bigger Boat and was featured on the 2010 Bloodlist, the genre community’s version of the Blacklist, which features the year’s best horror and thriller scripts.
DARK CORNERS revolves around Jess, a beautiful blind college girl who is tormented by a methodic killer who knows her well and therefore knows what terrifies her. He is motivated by sadistic revenge, but she turns her apparent weakness into a strength and fights back.
“Tom Shankland is the perfect choice for Dark Corners,” says Block. “When you watch The Children, it’s unsettling and creepy while at the same time you find yourself being drawn in deeper and deeper. Likewise with Dark Corners; this is a cat-n-mouse thriller in the spirit of Wait Until Dark and Panic Room that gives you someone to root for, someone to fear and something going bump in the night.”
“Dark Corners will be Hitchcock re-imagined for a modern audience who love to be scared in the dark,” says Shankland. “I’ve always loved films where characters have very limited choices and tools to solve problems and survive, and then mining suspense from these claustrophobic situations.”
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