Warren Zide Inks Deal With Parallel Media; Lines Up Bat Out of Hell
It sounds like Warren Zide, producer of the American Pie and Final Destination franchises, deserves a congratulatory round of applause today. Variety reports that Zide has inked an agreement with Parallel Media worth $70 million to be spread across eight films. One of those upcoming films, Bat Out of Hell, gets the teaser treatment today via STYD, who tells us the film promises to put a new spin on the classic monster movie, but set entirely up in an airplane.
Hell is written by TV series "Masters of Horror" writers Scott Swann and Drew McWeeny (of AICN) and apparently goes like this: "The story is set on a red eye flight from Los Angeles to New York and something lurking in the cargo hold has a certain group of passengers concerned." Not much to go on right now, sure; but I hope passengers are more than "concerned" considering these two writers. The airplane setting can be really fun (e.g. Red Eye, Snakes On A Plane), but it can be tricky to execute considering the contained and controlled environment. It sounds pretty interesting so far.
Bat Out of Hell should fall within the $4 to $15 million production range, which is the anticipated budget for the varying genre films that will be produced under the new division of Parallel Media headed by Zide. But do we really need more genre films like this? Zide has Final Destination 4 on their plate right now, which I really don't have an interest in seeing. Not to rag on the guy, but his deal with Parallel seems a straight game of numbers having little to do with anything truly creative. But hey, Swann and McWeeney get to pen a full-fledged movie, so perhaps that'll kick their horror careers up a notch. I haven't seen the "Masters of Horror" series, so I'm not exactly that clear on the talent here.
Before Hell hits, however, Zide will jump to the other side of the genre spectrum and produce a comedy called Demoted that's to be directed by J.B. Rogers of Say It Isn't So and American Pie 2 previously.
Airplane photo courtesy of hordurinn on Flickr.