Gremlin's Joe Dante Directing Bat Out of Hell

May 15, 2008
Source: Variety,

Joe Dante

We first mentioned the film Bat Out of Hell back in April, when Kevin discussed the news that producer Warren Zide had signed a financing deal to make eight films, one of which was Bat Out of Hell. Now we finally get news of who has been signed to direct the film - classic horror filmmaker Joe Dante, of everything from Piranha to Gremlins to Innerspace to Small Soldiers. The script, written by AICN's Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, is about a red-eye flight from LA to New York where hijackers "confront the monstrous cargo." This is definitely starting to sound like an exciting little horror project.

Bat Out of Hell was slated in the $4 to $15 million production range, with shooting expected to begin later this year. In addition to Bat Out of Hell, STYD reports that Joe Dante has also been signed to direct another horror film title The Hole. The film follows a family on the run from their past, who seek shelter in a house where an ominous hole is discovered in the basement. Freaky?

Something about the concept of Bat Out of Hell has me really intrigued. I'm not sure what it is, but it seems like it's a mix between Snakes on a Plane and some slick monster movie like Gremlins. Now with the actual Gremlins director himself involved, this is really coming together as a promising little horror feature that is gaining some early buzz. The Hole sounds promising too, but there aren't enough details to really say it'll be anything great. Either way, I'm looking forward to Dante's return to the horror genre and both of these little flicks sound like a perfect fit for him. Maybe finally we'll get some great horror films for once!

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  • Cool. Are these films to theater though or Direct to DVD?
  • tuwhitt
    As much as I love Dante, and every one of his movies, Bat out of Hell sounds disappointingly cliche. You say it sounds like Snakes on a Plane meets Gremlins, but really it sounds more like Snakes on a Plane.....with bats. Hopefully he pulls the idea out and makes something awesome of it. Now, The Hole, that sounds like something that could be great. Maybe something like The Gate, as directed by Dante? Could be amazing.
  • Joel
    Bats on a Plane. :(




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