Craven to direct '25/8' for Rogue
By MICHAEL FLEMING
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Rogue Pictures has made deals that put the Focus Features genre arm in business with two horror icons.
Rogue has greenlit "25/8," a thriller that will be directed by Wes Craven and marks the first original horror script he has written since 1994 pic "Wes Craven's New Nightmare."
Rogue starts production in April on "25/8," which will be produced by Iya Labunka and Anthony Katagas. Craven said the film unveils a signature villain, a serial killer who turns up 15 years after his purported death, to kill the seven children born on that fateful night.
"It's more a thriller than slasher film, and revolves around a young kid with a very dark past involving his family and his father," Craven told Daily Variety.
Craven pitched his idea for the project to Rogue co-prexy Andrew Rona when Craven separately formed Midnight Pictures, a shingle that will make Craven-produced fright films for Rogue. The first will be a remake of Craven's 1972 directorial debut, "The Last House on the Left," which begins production in South Africa in April. Also producing "The Last House on the Left" with Craven are Sean Cunningham and Marianne Maddalena.
One remake Craven isn't involved in is New Line's plans to reinvent his "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes banner.
"My baby has fallen into the hands of others, and what can I say but wish them luck," Craven said.
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