Jack Heller’s monster movie Dark Was the Night premiered last year at Screamfest, where it scooped up a handful of awards. Today we’re happy to report that it’s headed off the festival circuit and into our lives, so read on for the latest!
In a press release sent out today, Image Entertainment revealed that they’ve acquired North American distribution rights for Caliber Media’s film, directed by Heller. The company is planning a multi-city theatrical release later this year.
Kevin Durand (“The Strain”) and Lukas Haas (Inception) star as local policemen who go to battle against an ancient evil in the film. The script, from Tyler Hisel, appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced scripts, a rarity for the monster genre, under the title The Trees.
Rounding out the cast are Bianca Kajlich (“Undateable”), Sabina Gadecki (the “Entourage” movie), Heath Freeman (Skateland), Steve Agee and Nick Damici (Late Phases).
The film begins when a long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened, it sets its sights on the townspeople, as Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past, so that he may protect thoe lives of the people he loves.
Heller produced the feature with his Caliber partner Sonnier, Sundial’s Stefan Nowicki and Joey Carey, and P Street’s Dylan Narang. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein executive produced the film alongside screenwriter Hisel and his manager Alexander Robb.