'Devil Inside' Director Keeping Things Holy with 'The Vatican' Thriller
In the first box office weekend of 2012, Paramount Pictures had another surprising found footage horror film rake audiences into theaters with The Devil Inside grossing just over $33 million, an amount not expected from a January release, let alone an R-rated exorcism flick. While the reviews may not be all that kind to the film, director William Brent Bell is riding his success to close a deal for The Vatican, a new conspiracy driven thriller set up at Warner Bros. Up and coming writer David Cohen (who wrote the Black List script Subject Zero) is behind the pages of this new thriller whose plot is currently kept under wraps.
However, much like The Devil Inside, Deadline reports the film will use a mix of found-footage and standard filming techniques. With this kind of box office success, it certainly sounds like found footage driven features aren't going anywhere for awhile, but the novelty seems to be wearing off. Last year Apollo 18 bombed at the box office, and didn't reach anywhere near the attention that Paranormal Activity drew starting back in 2009 and every year since (with another sequel coming this October). Here's hoping the thriller gets better acclaim than The Devil Inside which only has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes right now.