Brian Keene's Dark Hollow Headed to the Big Screen
Bram Stoker Award winning US horror author Brian Keene (seen above) and British Fantasy Award winning writer Paul Finch are combing forces to bring Dark Hollow to the big screen. The film is based on Keene's novel (Amazon), which was first published last year, that tells the story about a satyr that comes to life in a forest and begins capturing women. Award winning short film director Paul Campion, who is also a former Weta Digital texture painter, will make this his directorial debut, with a script written by Paul Finch. And to add icing to the cake, Weta Workshop will design and and create the creature makeup.
If you haven't read the book or don't know anything about Dark Hollow, check out this official synopsis:
"After two miscarriages, writer Adam Shay’s marriage is on the rocks. On a walk through local woods rumored to be haunted, Adam comes across a strange sight: a statue of a half-man, half-goat creature, a satyr from ancient legends, which comes to life before his eyes. Soon, all the women in town begin disappearing, summoned to the woods by the satyr’s hypnotic piping. When Adam gathers the menfolk to hunt down the satyr and retrieve the women, what they uncover is an unholy evil bent on protecting itself and spreading its seed."
Anyone else get a Pan's Labyrinth kind of feeling from this? Except that the faun is a bit more evil, and captures women? Stuntman and creature actor Shane Rangi has already been cast in the role of the evil satyr Hylinus. Apparently they are looking for additional funding, but are pretty much ready to shoot. This is definitely a project I'll be keeping my eye on, even if it's an indie that'll only be show up at film fests. I definitely love the sound of it and have a feeling it could be a pretty frickin' good film. If you want to get an idea for more of director Paul Campion's work, check out his impressive website: paulcampion.com.