First of all, if you’ve never seen Dance Of the Dead that’s a situation you should remedy quickly. Director Gregg Bishop and Screenwriter Joe Ballarini fashioned a great, fun gory and touching John Hughes influenced yarn out of a meager budget. I recommend it highly.
Not they’re back with Lockdown At Franklin High, “about a straight edge teen girl and her rebellious, socially outcast brother as they try to escape from their prison-like high school which has been locked down and plunged into anarchy and pandemonium due to the attacks of a ravenous, supernatural monster. The inspiration is real high school lockdowns and tragedies and the intention is to use that for a dark and visceral roller coaster of intense fear and emotion.”
Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are also in the mix. Per Deadline, “Sony Pictures ended the week by closing preemptive deal for Lockdown At Franklin High, a spec script by ‘Dance of the Dead’ team of Greg Bishop and Joe Ballarini. The bidding was competitive and Sony’s plan is to move quickly to get a director and put the film into production. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form also in conversations to produce.”
It’s interesting that they’re looking for a director, since Bishop directed Dance with Ballarini getting sole writing credit. I assumed he would be directing this project as well. Looks like they collaborated on the script and are looking for someone else to helm. We’ll see how this plays out. Either way? It’s good news.