Bloody Disgusting learned out of AFM that Stealth Media is getting behind Splinter and The Grudge 3‘s Toby Wilkins latest creature feature, Dead Sand, which will star Zombieland and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane‘s Amber Heard (pictured). In the film, “Two humvees tear across a desert. Soldiers escort a captured terrorist leader, Gabir. During a “pit stop,” Gabir escapes into a nearby abandoned industrial complex. The sodliers chase, but before they find Gabir…an inhuman creature finds them. A frightful radio transmission is all that remains of their final mission…”
K5 International has boarded international sales for Robert Eggers’ The Witch of New-Canaan Woode, reports Screen Daily. “The horror film is set in 17th century New England, where a farming family is tormented by an evil witch.” The shoot is planned for spring/summer 2013.
Meanwhile, Maniac‘s Elijah Wood has boarded Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s first English-language picture Open Windows, an innovative, high-tech suspense thriller unfolding on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet. Shooting began this week on a high-security set in Madrid. It is Vigalondo’s third feature after the 2008 time-travelling tale Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial, a hit on the fantasy film festival circuit over the past 12 months. “The plot revolves around a desperate search by Wood’s character for an actress, played by The Girlfriend Experience lead Sasha Grey, who has been abducted by vicious villain Chord, played by British actor Neil Maskell.” Spanish producer Lavigne revealed the production would use 12 different types of camera, including webcams, head cameras, tablets, mobile phones, 3D mapping cameras as well as security and satellite cameras to shoot the multi-format picture.
Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has acquired world sales rights to M Blash’s The Wait starring Jena Malone and Chloë Sevigny, the site also reports. “‘The Wait’ charts what happens when a mysterious phone call from a psychic plunges a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.” Luke Grimes also stars.