It’s been a while since we had news on the Horns front. Back in March we reported that Shia Labeouf was attached to play the lead but that may have changed – there’s no mention of him on today’s announcement that Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes (Remake), and Piranha 3D) is taking the reigns on the adaptation of Joe Hill’s book.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Aja is coming on board to direct the project, about a 26-year-old man who wakes up with a massive hangover and discovers horns sprouting from his head. He becomes convinced that their existence is tied to the unsolved murder of his girlfriend. Scott Bunin wrote the script adaptation of the novel, which was published in February 2010. Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Peter Guber are producing. Hill, also the writer of the horror comic book series Locke & Key and the son of author Stephen King, is executive producing. Mandate is packaging the project and is in the middle of securing financing. The goal is to have Aja direct the movie in late spring or early summer 2012 before moving on to ‘Cobra’, a sci-fi pirate movie based on manga source material. ”
Either “The Beef” dropped out or they forgot to mention him. Sounds like an interesting project either way, but I wonder if Aja will ever get around to an original piece of material (i.e. not a remake, sequel or adaptation).