Elijah Wood Getting Some 'Cooties' from 'Saw' Writer Leigh Wannell
After dabbling with some scary performances throughout his career, Elijah Wood is going all in on the horror genre. Not only is he starring in the remake of William Lustig's grindhouse slasher movie Maniac, the actor recently started a production company called The Woodshed which will produce high quality independent horror films. ShockTilYouDrop points us to one of these upcoming projects, as Wood will star in and produce Cooties, an awesome-sounding project from Saw writer Leigh Wannell about a virus breaking out at an elementary school, turning the kids into monsters and forcing teachers to fight to survive.
Music video director Ace Norton will make his narrative feature directorial debut here, and Wannell will co-write the script with "Glee" co-creator Ian Brennan. Wannell offered a brief comment:
"My friend Ian Brennan and I wanted to write a film about one of life’s most universal experiences – hatred for precocious, adorable children. And so we started work on ‘Cooties,’ a film about a virus that turns school children into monsters and therefore makes it okay to beat them up with hockey sticks."
Though I'm not a fan of Brennan's work, Wannell's first Saw movie was revolutionary and quite a sensation before the sequels turned it into just another juggernaut franchise. This concept sounds amazing to me since I almost always despise watching kids on screen, and the idea of a bunch of Casey Jones-esque adults rampaging around bashing monster kids with hockey sticks makes me absurdly happy. This sounds like a lot of fun for Wood too, and here's hoping he can secure a few more solid names to fill out the rest of the cast.