Elijah Wood and Leigh Whannell Give New Directors Cooties

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Elijah Wood and Leigh Whannell Give New Directors CootiesCircle, circle, dot, dot, new directors have gotten a Cooties shot! Our brothers in harm over at Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott are replacing Ace Norton in the director’s chair for Cooties, from Saw co-creator and star Leigh Whannell.

Starring Elijah Wood (pictured above; Maniac, The Hobbit), COOTIES is produced by top horror film producer Steven Schneider, who is behind the hugely successful PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise. Wood is also set to co-produce COOTIES with partners Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller under his horror film production company, The Woodshed.

COOTIES is co-written by horror powerhouse Leigh Whannell, who penned and executive produced the SAW films and wrote INSIDIOUS, with Ian Brennan –writer and co-creator of Fox’s “Glee.” The film begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against the monstrous pupils.

Related Story: Elijah Wood Launches Horror Label The Woodshed

COOTIES will be shot in Los Angeles. “My friend Ian Brennan and I wanted to write a film about one of life’s most universal experiences – hatred for precocious, adorable children. And so we started work on Cooties, a film about a virus that turns school children into monsters and therefore makes it okay to beat them up with hockey sticks,” said Whannell.

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