Edgar Ramirez & Olivia Munn Join Eric Bana in 'Beware the Night'
by Ethan Anderton
April 10, 2013
Just last fall, Sinister director Scott Derrickson landed the adaptation of Beware the Night, a New York police detective's supposed real-life chronicle of crimes that have seemingly inexplicable details that link them to werewolves, demon possessions, and exorcisms. Eric Bana became attached to the film this past November and now Deadline has word that Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn will take supporting roles in the Screen Gems and Jerry Bruckheimer production that will begin production next month with a script that Derrickson wrote himself along with his Exorcism of Emily Rose co-writer Paul Boardman. Read on!
Here's the more detailed official synopsis of Sarchie's book on which the film is based:
A sixteen-year NYPD veteran, Ralph Sarchie works out of the 46th Precinct in New York's south Bronx. But it is his other job that he calls "the Work": investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity's most ancient--and most dangerous--foes. Now he discloses for the first time his investigation into incredible true crimes an inhuman evil that were never explained, solved, or understood except by Sarchie and his partner. Schooled in the rituals of exorcism, and an eyewitness to the reality of demonic possession, Ralph Sarchie has documented a riveting chronicle of the inexplicable that gives a new shape to the shadows in the dark.
In Beware the Night, he takes readers into the very hierarchy of a hell on earth to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered ninteenth-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were literally, the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie's NYPD revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.
Ramirez (who also just landed a role in Hands of Stone) is playing the priest, and Munn will play Bana's wife. It almost sounds like this is pure fiction purporting to be non-fiction, but I haven't read the book, so it's hard to tell. Either way, if it's based on a real-life account, that certainly makes it a little more interesting. Derrickson has proven to be a great filmmaker in the horror genre with original stories and a grounded approach to the supernatural. This project was just sitting around at Disney, but it sounds like it has a better home with Bruckheimer and Screen Gems. Anyone interested?