Eisener and Hauer on the set of Hobo with a Shotgun
〉The feature will be similar in style to Eisener’s short film One Last Dive
Cult-favorite horror director Jason Eisener is bringing his distinctive style to the mainstream, set to helm an untitled thriller at 20th Century Fox. The pic, which is said to feature underwater action sequences, is based off an original idea of Eisener’s and is similar tonally to his eerie short One Last Dive. Eisener’s manager Jeremy Platt is producing via his shingle, PLATTFORM, while Ryan Jones oversees for Fox.
Sources confirm that Eisener’s new project is taking a unique approach in that it’s attempting to reinvent the haunted house genre in a terrifying new way, described as a very individual spin on the horror genre, much like how Cloverfield was a new take on monster movies. Like One Last Dive, the feature too will utilize first-person POV sequences.
For anyone familiar with Eisener’s past work, it’s clear that the project couldn’t be in better hands. The underground Canadian filmmaker, who gained notoriety among horror fans with his awesome short Treevenge, was of course discovered when his Hobo With A Shotgun short film was included in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse.
After that success, Eisener then proceeded to adapt his short into a fantastic feature which starred Rutger Hauer as the eponymous hobo (with a shotgun). After that, Eisener went on to direct the best segment in The ABCs of Death (titled “Y is for Youngbuck”), as well as one of the standout shorts in horror anthology V/H/S/2.
Most recently, the budding director executive produced the Sundance favorite Turbo Kid. He’ll next edit two features from Jay Baruchel – the comedy sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers and an adaptation of the horror comic Random Acts of Violence.
Buzzy first-person POV feature Hardcore launched an all-out bidding war this week at the Toronto Film Festival, with STX Entertainment closing a deal to nab for ten million and a wide release commitment. The success of Hardcore lends considerable credibility to the idea of more features that utilize first-person POV.
Eisener is repped by UTA and PLATTFORM.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor