In a way I’m glad that The Call exceeded expectations financially, because I like Brad Anderson (Session 9) and I’m hopeful he’ll have more sway on his future projects. That’s a trend I’m hoping starts with Eliza Graves, a psychological thriller from Nu Image/Millennium. The tale is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, a 1945 short story titled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
Now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, 21) is joining the pic. Per THR, “Sturgess will star as a Harvard Medical School grad who takes a job a mental institution which the inmates have taken over and are posing as doctors. He becomes obsessed with the title character (Beckinsale), one of the patients.”
Joe Gangemi wrote the script. Producing are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff and Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli. David Higgins, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are executive producing.
A June 21 production start date in Bulgaria is penciled in.