IFC’s Maniac, pictured, is brutal and fantastic, and because of it director Franck Khalfoun is all of a sudden the hottest horror director at Cannes.
Deadline reports that he will next direct I-Lived, his follow-up to the Elijah Wood-starring Maniac.
Based on his own script, “the movie centers on a young online app reviewer whose latest assignment mysteriously improves his life, but also starts to tear him apart.”
Ehud Bleiberg, Alix Taylor and Pavlina Hatoupis are producing along with the director. Tiffany Boyle and Nicholas Donnermeyer are executive producing.
Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound B division kicks off sales next week in Cannes and principal photography is set to start at the end of May.
Khalfoun got his start working closely with French helmer Alexandre Aja and acted in the director’s High Tension and Piranha. His Maniac, a reboot of the cult 1980 serial killer movie, had an official out of competition screening berth in Cannes last year. IFC Midnight acquired it for the U.S. Khalfoun’s other directing credits include P2 and Wrong Turn At Tahoe.