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Shane Abbess to Helm 'Source Code' Writer's Sci-Fi Thriller '7th Day'

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March 14, 2011
Source: Variety

Shane Abbess

Though he hasn't helmed a feature film since the 2007 action fantasy Gabriel, director Shane Abbess now has another directing gig lined up. Variety reports the filmmaker is set to direct 7th Day, a new sci-fi thriller from Source Code writer Ben Ripley. The writer and director spawned the original story on their own which follows a voyage to establish a new colony in outer space. producer Martha De Laurentiis (of Dino De Laurentiis Company) says, "We are always looking for young, inspiring filmmakers wanting to tell a unique, high-concept story, and after meeting Shane, I decided to immediately snap the property off the market."

The producer also apparently described the story as being like The Shining on a spaceship, which sounds pretty damn cool to me. Abbess says the film is "going to be a contemporary take with the soul of classic genre." I'm not entirely sure if the classic genre in question is sci-fi, or perhaps a reference to the horror in The Shining. Either way Ripley says, "We tried to design sequences at every turn which would surprise us and subvert genre expectations." It definitely sounds like an intriguing project, and the idea of the madness of The Shining being moved to space kind of raises the stakes a bit. We'll try to keep you posted as this project develops. Interested?

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  • Dan W
    Sounds good. Kind of like the Fifth Element a bit.
  • MauryBrown
    Event Horizon = The Shining on a spaceship.

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