Joe Dante to Direct Anton Yelchin & Ashley Greene in 'Burying the Ex'
Though director Joe Dante is responsible for campy genre classics like Gremlins, The Burbs and Piranha, over the past 20 years, he's struggled to find his footing again. His films include the likes of Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and The Hole in 2009. This past year he's directed a few episodes of the CBS remake series "Hawaii Five-0," but now he's ready for the big screen again. The Wrap has word that Dante will direct the horror comedy Burying the Ex for Voltage Pictures. The film is written by Alan Trezza, based on his short film of the same name which follows a relationship gone wrong and the undead. Read on!
The film will follow Anton Yelchin as Max and Ashley Greene as Evelyn, a couple whose relationship crumbles after they decide to move in together. Evelyn turns out to be too controlling for Max, which scares him enough to keep from breaking up with her. But suddenly, Evelyn dies in a freak accident, and Max finds new love with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario). But this new relationship is thrown a curveball when Evelyn somehow rises from the dead, wants her boyfriend back, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back, even if that means turning him into one of the undead. Project X star Oliver Cooper will also star.
Production will begin on Monday in Los Angeles, and we're hoping this project that also hails from the rising Scooty Woop Entertaiment, ArtImage Entertainment and Act 4 Entertainment brings Dante back into the spotlight for quality genre filmmaking. With a solid young cast like Yelchin Greene, Daddario and Cooper, this could prove to be a fun flick that horror and comedy fans will love. Dante has proven in the past that he can handle the meshing of the two genres extremely well, and it would be nice to see him get another great film off the ground at this point in his career. Sound good?