Bait director Kimble Rendall is taking on a new kind of terror, this spinning horrific webs with spiders. Darclight is selling The Next 3D at the ongoing EFM, which begins “When an Australian scientist goes missing in the Chinese desert, a team of his friends and colleagues embark on a search and rescue mission. However, once in the wilderness, the search party is forced by a flash fire to abandon its mission, and on seeking shelter in an abandoned building, they find themselves face to face with an even more terrifying threat: the Funnel Webs. Swarms of the deadliest subterranean spiders have been driven to the surface by the heat and now the mission has quickly become one of survival.”
The company is also pre-selling Bait 2 3D, which is currently in development with no story or director attached.
Also on the EFM slate is Daric Gates’ The Appearing, via Spotlight Pictures. We’ve landed the sales art and trailer out of the Berlin market. Dean Cain (“Rat Race” “TV’s Superman”), Don Swayze (“Payback” “Most Wanted”), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side” “Paranormal Movie”), Will Wallace (“The Tree of Life” “The Thin Red Line”) all star in the film about “A woman once controlled by a mysterious entity uncovers a shocking secret about her past and must face the demon that is lurking inside of her.”
Lastly, filming is scheduled in Toronto for the sci-fi movie Debug, written and directed by and starring David Hewlett, best known from roles in Cube, Splice, Haunter and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The film is said to follow six computer hackers who are sent to work on a derelict space freighter and are forced to match wits with a vengeful artificial intelligence that would kill to be human. Copperheart Entertainment and Hewlett’s wife Jane Loughman produce. Production is scheduled to take place Feb. 14 until March 8 at Pinewood Toronto Studios.