It’s been announced that Taiwanese/American director Roxy Shih has been locked down as the director of Painkillers, a drama thriller with strong horror elements that is being written by Giles Daoust. The story uses themes of personal grief, desperation, and vampiric thirst as its foundations. Shih directed the 2016 sci-fi/thriller The Tribe as well as the upcoming series “Dark/Web”.
Per the official press release:
Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale (Fear, Inc.) will produce under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust and Catherine Dumonceaux (Starry Eyes) on behalf of Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise) and Alain Berliner (Golden Globe Winner for My Life in Pink) are executive producing. Production is scheduled to start this summer.
After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke, tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris, a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain… or become a monster.