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Joe Dante, a staple auteur in the Horror medium, is going back to his pure horror roots after working in horror/comedy and children’s horror over the last few years. LABIRINTUS is being described as a dark, supernatural thriller set in the desolate and twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle in Hungary. Goldcrest Films is financing and co-producing, while the company’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove will executive produce.
Producing the film is Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Productions, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Productions, Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Production is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2016, with casting news to be announced shortly.
Labirintus centers on a “paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden deep within the Budapest Labyrinth. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.”
Regarding the film Degove, managing director at Goldcrest, said “Extraordinary to be working with Joe – a director who has been thrilling, surprising and scaring audiences his entire career. Labirintus is a creepy and unnerving journey into the psyche, and Joe is the perfect director to bring that to the big screen.”
The legendary horror director himself commented on his involvement, saying: “Fabrice, Lucy, Elizabeth and I are excited to be collaborating with Goldcrest on this compelling, chilling film.”
Dante is a household name for horror fans, having directed classics like Gremlins, ‘The Burbs, and The Howling. In the last decade, he helmed the fantastic family horror pic The Hole and most recently directed the 2015 horror/comedy Burying The Ex, which starred Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario. Next up, he’ll executive produce the indie drama/thriller Dark.
Dante is repped by Gersh and Echo Lake Entertainment.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor