From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage –
That $10 million psychological thriller Wayfare Entertainment hopes to film in Alaska now has a title, “Villain,” and a director.
David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") will shoot the film, Variety reports.
Written by Josh Zetumer, who also penned the upcoming “Robocop” reboot, the film’s story is set in a remote cabin north of Fairbanks. Producers scouted Alaska in April but have not committed to filming in the state.
Slade comes fresh from the $700 million-grossing Twilight sequel. This won’t be his first movie with a script set in the Last Frontier –- he directed the 2007 vampire flick “30 Days of Night” –- but it could be the first shot on location.
I asked Jeremy Kipp Walker, head of production for Wayfare, if the producers have decided to bring the movie to Alaska. Depends on cast and scheduling, he replied in an email:
Alaska is our first choice for shooting, however, given the fact that the story takes place during the transitional climate of the post-winter months, it seems like we only have two possible shooting windows: October or April. We are still casting the film and aren't sure yet when our actors will be available to shoot. In the event we can make either of those shooting windows work for the talent, we'll be there. In the event they are only available when the exterior temperature and limited daylight would prevent us from shooting, we may need to look elsewhere.
We are trying to avoid this, though, as Alaska has everything we need and we're hoping to be there.
“Villain” centers on a wildfire lookout with a mysterious past who receives a surprise – and apparently not-so-welcome -- visit from his brother.
Slade certainly knows dark, uncomfortable thrillers. Along with “30 Days of Night,” the director’s early films include 2005’s Hard Candy. He’s currently attached to the NBC “Silence of the Lambs” spinoff series, “Hannibal.”