Saturday, 10 September 2016

Jennifer Chambers Lynch set to direct Hellfest

Given that it was developed by The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd, you might have thought that horror thriller Hellfest would have a relatively swift trip to the screen. Instead, it has lingered in development limbo for years, but now news arrives via Variety that it seems on track with Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Surveillance) aboard to direct.

Brain child of Ben Roberts, an executive at Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment, Hellfest was turned into script form by William Penick and Chris Sey (Secrets In The Walls). The movie is set at a Halloween theme park. The patrons all think they are there to enjoy a safe but scary time, only to discover that one of the costumed characters is bent on slaughtering them. Demon in disguise? Disgruntled worker gone mad? We will have to wait and see.

"We have loved the concept of Hellfest since Gale brought it to us and we have been waiting for exactly the right director," says CBS Films boss Terry Press. "Jennifer came to us with both the passion and the vision necessary to make Hellfest a terrifying Halloween tradition." So it certainly looks like they are hoping for a new series along the lines of the Saw franchise.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) was attached at one point, but has since moved on. Lynch, the daughter of director David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), has the likes of Boxing Helena (1993), Hisss (2010) and Chained (2012) on her CV and has been working on an entry for female focused horror anthology XX.

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