Mark Webber and Sarah Snook for Supernatural Horror 'Jessabelle'
Lionsgate was once the dominant force in the horror film landscape with the Saw series, but the studio has been fairly quiet since Jigsaw played his last game back in 2010. Now the studio is returning to its roots with Jessabelle, a new horror film from Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert. The movie follows a woman forced to return to her father's Louisiana home when a car accident leaves her without the use of her legs. Soon, she discovers a mystery surrounding her own birth and an angry ghost out to destroy her. Australian actress Sarah Snook has the titular role and Sundance favorite Mark Webber will play her childhood friend.
Variety also says Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum is involved in the project, but there's no word about budget or style yet. However, with Blum involved, we can assume the filmmakers will try to turn a tiny amount of money into a big result on screen. Robert Ben Garant, co-writer of the Night at the Museum films (and behind that recent project about Nicolas Cage's Superman comic book being stolen), is dipping into the horror well for the first time with this screenplay, so it'll be interesting to see if the comedian's take on the genre is as serious as the logline indicates or if there's a bit of comedy mixed in as well. Sounds like a straightforward horror flick to me, but we'll see how it turns out. Thoughts?