Professional storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro is in early talks to write and direct Lockdown At Franklin High for Sony Pictures, reports Deadline.
It will be a microbudget film based on the script Sony acquired last year by Dance Of The Dead scribes Gregg Bishop and Joe Ballarini.
“The pic tells the story of a group of disparate high school kids who must band together and save themselves from a supernatural creature during a school lockdown.” READ MORE
Just in time for Halloween, Tyler Marceca’s thriller “The Disciple Program” has been voted to the top of the 2012 2011 Blood List. Compiled by Kailey Marsh, the Blood List features the top 13 most-liked unproduced screenplays in the horror, thriller, sci-fi and dark comedy/drama genres, as voted on by 117 feature executives who each chose their three favorite scripts of the year. Ninety-nine scripts received votes; to make the 2012 list, a script must have received at least five votes and come out within the past calendar year.
“Disciple Program” sparked a bidding war back in May, when Universal beat out Warner Bros. for the project. Mark Wahlberg is attached to star and produce with Steve Levinson; Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) is attached to direct.
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First of all, if you’ve never seen Dance Of the Dead that’s a situation you should remedy quickly. Director Gregg Bishop and Screenwriter Joe Ballarini fashioned a great, fun gory and touching John Hughes influenced yarn out of a meager budget. I recommend it highly.
Not they’re back with Lockdown At Franklin High, “about a straight edge teen girl and her rebellious, socially outcast brother as they try to escape from their prison-like high school which has been locked down and plunged into anarchy and pandemonium due to the attacks of a ravenous, supernatural monster. The inspiration is real high school lockdowns and tragedies and the intention is to use that for a dark and visceral roller coaster of intense fear and emotion.”
Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are also in the mix. Per Deadline, “Sony Pictures ended the week by closing preemptive deal for Lockdown At Franklin High, a spec script by ‘Dance of the Dead’ team of Greg Bishop and Joe Ballarini. The bidding was competitive and Sony’s plan is to move quickly to get a director and put the film into production. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form also in conversations to produce.”
It’s interesting that they’re looking for a director, since Bishop directed Dance with Ballarini getting sole writing credit. I assumed he would be directing this project as well. Looks like they collaborated on the script and are looking for someone else to helm. We’ll see how this plays out. Either way? It’s good news. READ MORE
On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance.
It’s about a guy who gets killed in a car crash, gets sent to hell, but then (along with a couple of other characters) finds a way to escape hell and return to life on earth. That’s the good news. The bad news is that hell has sent three Reapers — invincible, gun toting madmen — to capture the fugitives and return them to hell.