With news of a third Chainsaw flick revving up, it’s only fitting that news of the creator of that franchise’s latest endeavor, Tobe Hooper’s Djinn, break out the same day! Ready for some fresh info? We knew you would be!
Rolling Stone recently caught up with Hooper for a quick Q&A, and the veteran director had lots to say about his latest project, which is shooting now on the other side of the world.
“It’s the best screenplay that I’ve read in many years, and it was much more of what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s more of a metaphysical thriller, laced with extremely good characters.”
The film is set in 2015 and follows the story of Khaled and Salama, a couple who return home from America to discover their apartment in a luxury high-rise, built on the site of the deserted fishing village, is also home to malevolent beings known as “djinns.”
“It’s been illuminating. Believe me, it’s more than folklore,” Hooper continues. “I started with the internet, and I started with Google Earth, getting as much information as possible. Then, the preparation came around and I started visiting places. I started talking to a lot of people, both within the production and outside of it. I’ll be shooting on an ancient territory, a place that’s basically in ruins because the djinn had moved the human beings out.”
Khalid Laith, Razane Jammal, Aiysha Hart, Carole Abboud, Paul Luebke, May El Calamawy all star.
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