Ghostly Thriller 'The Rafters' is Next for 'Once' Director John Carney

May 24, 2011
Source: Twitch

John Carney

The fantastic music fueled film Once took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song, not to mention becoming an indie favorite back in 2006. Now director John Carney is heading into darker and less musical territory as Twitch has learned the filmmaker is already in post-production on a new supernatural thriller called The Rafters. In the film, ghosts stalk an old guesthouse in the Aran islands, as two American backpackers vie for the affections of a young woman who is, literally, haunted by her past. With Carney writing and directing, it should be more than just the usual fare we've come to expect from films like this.

Here's a piece of concept art from The Rafters:

The Rafters Concept Art

The film features the on-screen talents of Marcella Plunkeet (who played the ex-girlfriend in Once), Killian Scott ("Love/Hate"), Sean Donegan, Maire O'Neill and Des Nealon. With a relatively unknown cast like this, there's a good chance this will be another film that shows up on the festival circuit. Carney recently had his sci-fi comedy Zonad selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, so we might see that in theaters sometime soon as well. As someone who immensely enjoyed Once (it was definitely amongst my ten favorite films in the year it was released), I can't wait to see what Carney can do in a totally different genre. How about you?

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Irish ghosties in the Aran isles? From the director of Once? Most definitely.

Anonymous on May 25, 2011

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