Hayden Christensen Cast in David R. Ellis' The Genesis Code
by Alex Billington
May 8, 2010
Myriad Pictures has officially announced today that Hayden Christensen will star in Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis' newest project The Genesis Code, based on John Case's novel of the same name. Christensen will play a former national security expert who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross is involved. With the help of his sister's friend, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. Have they created mutants or something or is this a Resident Evil copy?
Similar to Vincenzo Natali's Splice, this thriller brings up some interesting questions concerning the use of DNA material and the ethics of genetic engineering. "[Hayden's] passion for the character of Joe Lassiter and the world he inhabits – of religion, politics and secret operatives – was apparent to all of us involved in the project. It is this kind of commitment that we know will lead to a compelling performance," says Myriad CEO Kirk D'Amico. I hope that's true, even though this sounds a little too weird (crazy religious sects and genetics?) to hope for a great performance out of him. I'm more worried about the story being any good!
For those who don't remember, David R. Ellis is the former second unit director and stunt coordinator who became a feature director and brought us Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, and The Final Destination. He's attached to quite a few other projects, including the creepy alien/redneck horror project Humpty Dumpty and Shark Night 3D (which I was hoping he'd direct next). Myriad is still developing this and looking to finance it at the Cannes marketplace, so we're not sure how soon it'll go into production. With Christensen and Ellis, I don't expect this film to be any good, but I guess you never know. Stay tuned!