It’s been a really long time since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton made a horror film. Hell, it’s been over a decade since he’s made any kind of film for that matter. Thankfully both of those facts are about to change.
Variety reports that after an 11-year absence from the big screen, McNaughton is set to return for psychological horror thriller The Harvest, for which Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton have come aboard to star alongside Natasha Calis.
Living Out Loud Prods. is financing The Harvest for under $10 million, while Elephant Eye Films will handle international sales. In addition to Calis (The Possession), the flick co-stars Charlie Tahan (Frankenweenie), Leslie Lyles and Meadow Williams.
Written by Stephen Lancellotti, The Harvest stars Morton and Shannon as a married couple with medical backgrounds and a sick son (Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel.
Production is under way in New York.
“This is the first horror script I’ve been interested in in 25 years, so it’s kind of cool to return to the genre,” said McNaughton, whose debut feature, the controversial 1986 pic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, earned widespread acclaim.
“I got the script a few years ago and loved the story, which is dark and has a great twist. It’s like a cross between ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” explained the helmer.
Elephant Eye spent five years developing the project before attaching Shannon, whose involvement led to Morton signing on, as the duo had long wanted to work together.
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