Elijah Wood is 'Late Bloomer' & Starts Horror Production Company
by Ben Pearson
October 2, 2012
Though he'll be making a quick trip back to Middle Earth reprising his role of Frodo Baggins in a cameo in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, Elijah Wood has mostly shed his on-screen hobbit persona and has moved on to other projects. He's starring in the FX comedy series "Wilfred," plays a psycho killer in the remake of Maniac, and now has taken the lead role in a comedy called The Late Bloomer based on an amazing true story. He's also been busy on the business side of things, as Deadline reports the actor has formed a new production company called The Woodshed focusing on indie horror and genre films. Cool!
Written by Joe Nussbaum and Paul Kaplan & Mark Torgove, The Late Bloomer is a true story based on Ken Baker's memoir about a man who is almost thirty years old when he realizes that he has a rare disease that has been preventing him from going through puberty. When the tumor is removed, he's flooded with testosterone and goes through the entirety of puberty in a few quick weeks. Randall Einhorn will direct, and though this will be his first feature film, he has a ton of experience behind the camera directing episodes of "The Office", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Parks and Recreation", and "Wilfred", on which he formed a solid working relationship with Wood. Filming starts in January of 2013.
Meanwhile, Wood - a diehard horror fanatic - has formed The Woodshed with Daniel Noah and Joshua C. Waller as a company designed to make high quality indie horror films. They're already up and running and have a list of a few movies already on the slate for the future: Henley is an intimate look at a 9-year-old sociopath as he succeeds in making his first kill, Harrow tells the story of a photojournalist and a female doctor when they're trapped in a quarantined town plagued with paranormal events, and they also have a political zombie film called Curse The Darkness in the works that will explore immigration issues by using the history of Haitian zombies as a backdrop.
Sounds like Wood is certainly keeping busy these days. The Late Bloomer has the potential to be hilarious, and it's clear that he's passionate about horror (he was the scariest part of Sin City), so we'll see how these projects shake out. Personally though, I'm most excited to see Wood face off against John Cusack in the absolutely insane-sounding thriller Grand Piano, in which Wood plays a concert pianist who has to play the best concert of his life when a madman threatens him and his wife. Regardless, more Elijah Wood on screen is never a bad thing, so we wish him luck in all of these projects.