David R. Ellis Latest Name Attached to ‘Clock Tower’

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With nine projects currently in-development, Shark Night 3D director David R. Ellis is a busy man. Although a live-action adaptation of anime Kite is his next project, Ellis has revealed details about two horror films on his “To Do List.”

Sara Paxton is attached to star in The Briar Lake Murders and Ellis, who’s directing, told Australian stringer Maria Lewis (@moviemazz) that the film follows a traditional killer in the woods storyline.

It’s a movie about these kids that go on vacation and there’s a serial killer out there,” he said. “It’s got a good script and good people involved; I’m just not sure how soon that’s going to happen.

The more interesting of the two sounds like The Thing-inspired Clock Tower which Ellis said is a “cool” supernatural horror. (Editor’s note: The project has been in development for over 6 years now and this is the first time it has been reported that Ellis is attached.) “Clock Tower is about a spirit force that takes over peoples bodies and makes them do really horrific things,” he said.

It kind of goes from body to body searching for people with an elevated heartbeat.

At the right time it gets in there and people go crazy and start killing other people.

It’s really well written and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

The project has been in development for years and concerns a young woman who receives a disturbing phone call from her estranged mother warning her not to come home. When she investigates, she uncovers a terrible supernatural truth from her past. Martin Weisz was previously attached as was Jorge Olguin back in 2006.

Both films are slated with a 2012 release but you can expect that to be pushed back considering the “big budget” nature of Kite, which is currently in pre-production. Set to film in South Africa, Ellis revealed in September that he was going after Blake Lively or Jennifer Lawrence to star as the heroine in the edgy thriller set in a post-apocalyptic Japan.

Note: reference to article where he revealed casting hopes.