[News Bites] Cannes Edition: Mick Garris’ ‘Invasion,’ Causeway Shoots ‘Deadlocked’ & ‘Vampires Vs. Leprechauns’ Back-To-Back & A Slasher ‘After Party’!!

Little Studio Films signed Mick Garris (“The Shining,” “The Stand,” “Quicksilver Highway,” “Bag of Bones”) to direct Invasion, allegedly based on true events surrounding a reporter’s investigation into a possible UFO conspiracy in Washington DC. Casting is underway ahead of the start of production later this year. Screen Daily reports that the Los Angeles-based company will represent all rights to the sci-fi thriller at the Cannes market. “Its tone and style are reminiscent of “Mad Men” and Close Encounters of the Third Kind but with a strong, unique female lead,” Little Studio Films partner Alexia Melocchi said.

They also report that Causeway Pictures unveils two new horror pictures for the Cannes market. Red Mist screenwriter Spence Wright has written the script for the two Northern Irish based projects – Deadlocked and Vampires Verses Leprechauns – which will shoot consecutively in the autumn. Chris Baugh will direct Deadlocked, “a dark horror about a group of bankers trapped in a corporate tower as a zombie epidemic spreads around Belfast.” Horror comedy Vampires Verses Leprechauns, “about a small Irish village which is besieged by a group of vampires attempting to open a gateway to hell,” will be directed by first time feature film-maker Allan Gildea. Principal photography will take place on both in Northern Ireland.

Telespan 2000, Telecinco Cinema and Film Factory are teaming on Spanish slasher After Party, reports Variety. A smart genre shocker, After Party stars a young Spanish cast — Luis Hernandez (Three Steps Above the Sky) and Ursula Corbero (Paranormal Experience 3D). “It turns on a teen idol TV actor who wakes up with three girls after a wild party and, trapped in a house, receives cell phone vids of the real-time deaths of other party revelers, also locked up in the house. But things may not be quite how they seem.” First-time director Miguel Larraya directs, but Spanish genre specialists occupy key crew positions: After Party cinematographer is Pablo Rosso, d.p. on the REC franchise, composer is Lucas Vidal (Sleep Tight) and fx supervisor is Isidro Fernandez (Extraterrestrial). Screenplay is by Larraya and Fernando Sancristobal.