‘The Children’ Director Enters ‘Dark Corners’!

Some very exciting news as Bloody Disgusting landed word that UK director Tom Shankland – best known for the chilling Ghost House release, The Children – has signed on to direct Dark Corners, penned by E.L. Katz and Tim Day. The pic will revolve around Jess, a beautiful blind college girl who is tormented by a methodical killer who knows her well, and therefore knows what terrifies her. He is motivated by sadistic revenge, but she turns her apparent weakness into a strength and fights back. It will be produced and financed by A Bigger Boat with producers Peter Block (Saw franchise, Frozen, The Ward, The House at the End of the Street) and Andy Gould (Rob Zombie’s Halloween films), in association with GreeneStreet Films. Tim Williams and Amanda Essick will executive produce, while Jeremy Platt will serve as co-producer. More details inside!
Tom Shankland’s most recent feature film, The Children, was produced in association with the BBC and released in the US under Sam Raimi’s Ghosthouse banner. It was also an official selection of the Sitges Film Festival 2009 where it was nominated for Best Film. Shankland has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for his short films Bait and Going Down while his debut feature, the Killing Gene, was released by Dimension Extreme in 2007.

The script for Dark Corners is penned by E.L. Katz and Tim Day. Originally based on an idea by Block and Gould, the script was developed internally at GreeneStreet and A Bigger Boat and was featured on the 2010 Bloodlist, the genre community’s version of the Blacklist which features the year’s best horror and thriller scripts.

Tom Shankland is the perfect choice for `Dark Corners,’” says Block. “When you watch `The Children,’ it’s unsettling and creepy while at the same time you find yourself being drawn in deeper and deeper. Likewise with `Dark Corners;’ this is a cat-n-mouse thriller in the spirit of `Wait Until Dark’ and `Panic Room’ that gives you someone to root for, someone to fear and something going bump in the night.

Dark Corners will be Hitchcock re-imagined for a modern audience who love to be scared in the dark,” says Shankland. “I’ve always loved films where characters have very limited choices and tools to solve problems and survive, and then mining suspense from these claustrophobic situations.

FilmNation will handle worldwide sales through its partnership with GSF and ABB. Principal photography is scheduled to start in Fall 2011.