Bryan Bertino

Bryan Bertino crafted a fantastic home invasion flick with The Strangers. It was environmental and terrifying, but it also seemed fresh while playing off of old standbys in the genre. Now, he’ll be joining the handful of directors attempting to breathe life into Found Fauxtage. According to Shock Till You Drop, the writer/director has sold his script for Mockingbird to Universal. The film will focus on a couple that receives a package containing instructions that, if not followed, will yield some bloody results. Also in the package? A camera. Because you can’t have Found Fauxtage without one. It’s an interesting, game-like premise that absolutely has potential, but it’s just great to Bertino getting another project off the ground after the hellish development of The Strangers 2, which will probably not be made at this point. Interestingly, this announcement comes right around the same time that Universal dropped its Stretch Armstrong remake with Taylor Lautner slated to star. In a craven world of giant tentpoles, a movie based off a toy with built-in awareness and a Twilight star just got axed while an original script with a curious premise got picked up. Maybe the tide is turning after all. At least at Universal.

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Normally, the prospect of watching and writing about bit of marketing for a finished product that doesn’t exist in any sort of complete state seems both silly and bizarre. But all bets are off when said wacky marketing is just like totally awesome. Meet Grim Night, a spec script written by a pair of first-time feature film screenwriters, Brandon Besteheider and Allen Bey. The two sold their script to Universal earlier this week, along with producers Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Brittle, with Deadline Calabasas reporting that the deal rang up to the “high six- or seven-figure range” (big range!). Pre-sale, the team behind Grim Night put together a teaser trailer for the film (the script?) and tossed it up on the Internet to garner some industry buzz. It clearly worked. Grim Night imagines a world where creatures, called Grims, kill thousands of people around the world on one terrifying night every year. Let’s get up close and personal with those Grims now. Check out the teaser trailer for, well, I guess it’s like a teaser trailer for the script for Grim Night, after the break.

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With a story based on actual events, can Milla Jovovich casting news be far off?

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Making them more “The don’t really know them that well, but we did meet them once’s.”

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