November 7th, 2015

Traumatic Descent

This Way to Egress, a script that I’ve co-written with David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night), goes into production early next year. It’s based on my short story “Traumatic Descent.”

Yes, I’m jazzed about this.

Here’s the press release from Daily Dead:

Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 6, 2015 – Ten years after launching his critically-acclaimed Masters of Horror series on Showtime, Mick Garris has partnered with Good Deed Entertainment for Nightmare Cinema, a collection of five stories from five masters of horror, to be released worldwide next year.

Scheduled for principal photography in Southern California in early 2016, the coproduction consists of 20 minute shorts directed and penned by the following renowned talent from around the world:

  • Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), who will direct Mirari by Richard Christian Matheson
  • The U.K.’s David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night), who will direct This Way to Egress, which he co-wrote with Lawrence C. Connolly, based on Connolly’s short, Traumatic Descent
  • Japan’s Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train,Versus), who will directMashit by Mexican author and filmmaker SandraBecerril
  • Cuba’s Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead, From Dusk to Dawn), who will film The Thing in the Woods, which he also penned
  • Mick Garris (Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining), who will direct his own short story, Tyler’s Third Act

It was during that period that Garris began toying with an international version of the concept, shot on location and featuring both established and emerging filmmakers.  “Everybody but me thought it was much too ambitious,” he says, with a laugh. “It literally took me several years to find the right formula to do this.”

Everything finally came together two months ago when he and producer Joe Russo brought the project to Garris’ old friend Leonard Shapiro, President of Good Deed Entertainment, and Russo’s former college mate, Brandon Hill, GDE’s Production and Development Director.  The filmmakers were thrilled to find that GDE, led by CEO Scott Donley, shared their vision of a multi-platform “international horror film festival all-in-one collection.”

“On behalf of everyone at Good Deed Entertainment, it is an honor to work with such world-class talent. May this be the first of many collaborations in the future!” says CEO Scott Donley.

Created by Mick Garris, Nightmare Cinema is a coproduction of Garris’ Nice Guy Productions and Good Deed Entertainment. Garris and Joe Russo are producing, with Donley and Shapiro as executive producers. Co-producers are Erik Donley and Brandon Hill.

Good Deed Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, is currently in discussions with strategic partners and distributors at the American Film Market.

Image credit:
The illustration for “Traumatic Descent” by Jason Zerrillo, from Voices: Tales of Horror. Copyright © 2011 by Jason Zerrillo

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