J.J. Abrams Developing a Spooky '7 Minutes in Heaven' Project
I know what you're thinking - a 7 Minutes in Heaven movie, like the classic teenage game where you put two people in a closet and let them go at it? Yes, but there is a twist (of course!). To me, J.J. Abrams is the new M. Night Shyamalan - he's a fantastic filmmaker, has a great visual eye, and he comes up with awesome ideas. This is another great idea. The details on the project first leaked in a story on The Wrap this evening, but now Heat Vision has separately confirmed that Bad Robot and "Lost" director Jack Bender, who came up with the original idea for this, are developing this project 7 Minutes in Heaven. Read on for the twist!
The movie, inspired by the classic "kissing game" popularly known as "7 Minutes in Heaven," will focus on two teens who go into a closet as part of the game, but when they come back out they find all of their friends dead. Say what you will about how cheesy that can be, but I love that concept. In fact, I love it so much I'm upset they didn't keep this whole thing a big mystery. Wouldn't it have been cool to see a trailer in front of some movie that starts with a teenager sleepover and they're playing "7 Minutes in Heaven" and two happy kids go in, it's all lovey-dovey, but then they open the doors and shit has hit the fan. I know I'd jump back and say "holy sh*t!" like when I first saw the Cloverfield trailer before we even knew what that was about!
Heat Vision doesn't have too many details, but they do say the project will probably end up at Paramount, which is where most of Bad Robot's titles go. I'm guessing that Jack Bender, who directed the final episode of "Lost", is hoping to eventually direct 7 Minutes in Heaven, but who knows if that'll happen since Bender was also announced as the director of Paramount's new Jack Ryan movie. One update says they're currently looking for a writer. Obviously not everyone is going to love this concept, but it's exactly what I want to see. We'll continue to keep you updated, although I wish it could remain a big mystery until they debut a trailer.