Malin Akerman & Taissa Farmiga to Lead Meta Horror 'The Final Girls'
We've seen the spectacular short films All's Fair and Valibation from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas director Todd Strauss-Schulson, but we've been waiting on his next feature film for a little while now. Finally, Variety has word that his horror comedy The Final Girls is coming together at Sony Pictures after New Line took too long to get it off the ground. We're excited because the story begins by following a girl grieving the loss of her mother, a well-known scream queen of the 1980's, not unlike a young Jamie Lee Curtis. But suddenly, the girl and her friends are sucked into the world of her mother's iconic horror film.
Inside the world of the film, the girl is reunited with her mother where they must both face the crazed serial killer in order to escape. In addition, Malin Akerman (who actually starred in the original Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) has been cast as the scream queen mother, and Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story" star and younger sister of Vera Farmiga) will play the daughter. The film is described as Back to the Future meets Friday the 13th, but Strauss-Schulson adds:
"It's 'Pleasantville' in a trashy horror movie from the 80's with a little 'Back To the Future' thrown in and a spoon full of 'Terms of Endearment' with a dash of 'Scream' and 2 dollops of 'Purple Rose of Cairo' for good measure.
Hmmm…reading this back it sounds obnoxious. But honestly, I'm just so excited about making this movie my frontal lobe has shut down and I'm not making rational PR decisions."
Rational decisions or not, that sounds like a pretty solid recipe for an original horror comedy. If you go and watch Strauss-Schulson's shorts we referenced above (or this awesome camera test reminiscent of Alfonso Cuaron), you can see he has a great visual eye, and there's the potential for this to be an awesome genre film. Production begins in Louisiana in April, and we can't wait to see how it turns out. Sound good?