[News Bites] Cannes Round-Up: Graphic Novel Adaptation Edition!

Producer Pierre Spangler (Underground, Superman) is taking two interesting horror projects to Cannes in order to complete financing. The first of which is I Am Legion which will be written by Richard Stanley and directed by Nacho Cerda (The Abandoned). The film is “a supernatural thriller set against the background of World War II. The film, budgeted in the $12m range, is targeting Romania for its shoot.” His second project, The Zombies That Ate The World, “is a futuristic saga set in a world where zombies walk among us and are relegated to the status of cheap labour. The film is being structured as a Canadian co-production to shoot in Canada.Erik Canuel (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) is attached to direct from a script by Michael McKenzie.

Both projects are based on books from the French comic press Humanoids.

Then we have Bad Kids Go To Hell, based on a graphic novel by Matthew Spradlin. In the book, “A construction crew unearths a primal, supernatural force when they break ground for a new, commemorative library for Crestview Academy, a prestigious Midwestern prep-school and home to the spoiled offspring of the city’s social elite. Three years later, six of Crestview’s richest (and hottest) students are brought together early one Saturday for detention inside the newly completed library. Bored, the kids talk about their school’s infamous “dark presence,” and goad one another into a half-hearted seance. However, the joke turns deadly when they rouse an angry spirit, and start to die, one-by-one, in horrible accidents! Yet, as the kids drop like flies, are the murders really the work of an evil phantom, or has one of these six spoiled brats secretly conspired to bring them all together for detention in order to “level” the social playing field and do away with the competition?

Judd Nelson, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Stewart and Ben Browder all star. Spradlin directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Barry Wernick.

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