Is the ability to channel the spirits of the dead a legit talent, or are those who claim they can simply suffering from a mental illness? That’s the question that lies at the heart of the upcoming film The Messenger, and we’ve got all the details for ya today. Dig in!
Screen Daily reports that David Blair (Best Laid Plans) will direct the film, which is set to begin its UK shoot in the summer of this year. Casting is currently under way on the project, which is a joint venture among Gateway Films, Ratio:Film, and NoW Films.
Written by Andrew Kirk and developed by Michael Knowles, the film centers on Jack, a young man who has been in and out of secure units all his life, given drugs to try and shut out his visions of the dead. He becomes unwillingly embroiled in the unfinished business of Mark, a journalist brutally murdered in the local park, and his television presenter wife, Sarah, to whom he’s desperate to say one last goodbye.
Jack finds himself getting closer to Sarah, obsessed with passing on Mark’s message. Discovering hidden secrets and lies finally pushes the fragile Jack over the edge, but there is hope when his estranged sister, Emma, gets in touch. Jack starts to remember the past they shared together, and as the memories come flooding back, he starts to confront the truth about the death of his father.
“The script has the same sensibility as The Sixth Sense,” says Ratio:Film’s Richard Turner. “It confronts the question of whether those who see dead people are disturbed, are frauds or visionaries. The film will remain ambiguous in respect of the existence or otherwise of an after-life, but the storytelling will allow the audience to decide themselves as to the integrity of Jack.”
The Messenger is being executive produced by Omega Capital, Investor Profit, Portfolio, and The Wealth Advisory.
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