JD Dillard’s Sleight was one of the best films I saw at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Blumhouse and WWE Studios. It comes as no surprise that Blumhouse is staying in business with the director on his follow-up film SWEETHEART, which will star Kiersey Clemons, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Sweetheart is described as a survival-horror movie, and Dillard has been scouting tropical locations for the last several months. He co-wrote the script with Sleight co-writer Alex Theurer, as well Alex Hyner, who plays a supporting role in Dillard’s debut feature. The trio of writers will also produce alongside Jason Blum and Bill Karesh.
Production will start this spring, and Clemons found herself available to tackle the project after Warner Bros. delayed The Flash in order to hone the script and find a new director. Clemons is slated to play Iris West in the superhero movie opposite Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen.
Like Dillard, Clemons announced herself as one to watch at Sundance, where she turned heads with her performance in Dope. She recently co-starred in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and will soon be seen in Sony’s Flatliners remake, as well as Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York.
Blumhouse recently produced M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, which has grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office, and the company’s next release Get Out earned strong reviews when it debuted last month as the secret screening at Sundance.
Jacob Latimore and Dule Hill star in Sleight, which opens April 28 and should not be missed.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief