Remember that screenplay that won the Slamdance competition to get made into a film by Maverick Red, Slaughter? For a while it was a big deal, with Shawnee Smith signed to star and Victor (Return to House on Haunted Hill) Garcia on board as director. Then … nothing.
Until today! Variety reports that Eric Thompson, who was in charge of Maverick Red, has split from the company and taken his genre products with him over to a new deal that will see CP Productions and Ghostrider Entertainment kicking out 10 horror films in the next three years, each with a budget between $8 and $20 million. Slaughter and Rites of Spring, about a man out to avenge his son’s death who crosses paths with a serial killer targeting teens, will be the first two films.
CP Productions has Black Water Transit, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires in various stages of production, so they’re obviously a good choice to partner with. The plan is to shoot most, if not all, of the films in and around Mississippi, taking advantage of tax credits in the area and helping the state’s floundering economy get back on its feet in the wake of Katrina. Gotta respect that!
Now we just have to hope this isn’t like so many other multi-horror film production deals we’ve heard about over the years, when one or two films are made and the companies vanish.
Wonder just how long this one’ll last in the Dread Central forums!