Who would have thought Elijah Wood likes horror films. So much so that he and few friends would start a production company that focuses on the dark and macabre. Read on for the official news below.
Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C.Waller have formed the production company The Woodshed. The Woodshed is an independent film company dedicated to the creation of probing films that test the definitions of what “horror” can be. Working with driven filmmakers and using the genre to take on challenging themes, The Woodshed strives to create rich roles for great actors in films with true vision.
Elijah Wood “I’ve been a fan of horror and genre cinema in general since I was a child and have become increasingly passionate about the idea of there being a space in which horror films that take their subject matter and characters seriously could be produced. What was born out of a conversation of our mutual love for the genre and what we felt was lacking in a broad sense, especially from the US market, became The Woodshed.”
Wood, Noah and Waller who share a love of horror, met earlier this year on the upcoming Atlas Independent film, I’m From the Future.
Daniel Noah is a writer who has developed numerous network pilots and studio features, as well as scripts for independent films, including Believers, McCanick (currently filming under Waller’s direction),I’m From the Future at Atlas Independent (in which Elijah will star), and Max Rose, starring Jerry Lewis in his final film role.
Josh C. Waller is a director who recently wrapped the female action thriller Raze, starring Zoe Bell and Rachel Nichols. Currently he is shooting the police drama, McCanick (written by Daniel), starring David Morse, Cory Monteith, Ciaran Hinds, Mike Vogel, and Maura Tierney.
The Woodshed have also been named co-director of the upcoming festival Nightmare City. This Non-profit cinematheque The Cinefamily and The Woodshed will be unveiling the line up next week which will include Elijah Wood’s MANIAC. Nighmare City is a new and diverse horror festival–a multi-venue celebration of the dark and dreamy influence of the macabre on all the arts will feature films to music to poster designs. Nightmare City includes 73 total events: 45 repertory screenings, 10 live music concerts, 8 LA film premieres, .a blacklight poster art show curated by Sammy Harkham and even magic and comedy events.
The Woodshed current projects in development include:
- First up is the socio-political zombie film Curse the Darkness by Brandon Maurice Williams, shooting in February in Florida in partnership with Cinipix Films. Building on the research of anthropologist Wade Davis, the film takes a grounded approach to Haitian zombie practices to tackle immigration issues. Also, Lawrence Iglee is attached to co-produce.
- Next up is Henley, based on the 2012 Sundance short written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill, with Macneill directing and Noah Greenberg as cinematographer and producer. Henley is an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath as he first discovers his taste for killing.
- Harrow, by Ivan Ford, directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, (Lost in La Mancha, Brothers of the Head) chronicles an unlikely friendship between an earnest female doctor and a shady photojournalist as they become trapped together in a quarenteened town experiencing a mounting swell of increasingly disturbing paranormal events.
- It Was Cruel, script by novelist Peter Charles Melman and directed by E. Elias Merhige (Shadow of the Vampire), uses the horror genre to confront the spiritual corruption that many Jews were forced to accept in order to survive the second world war.
Future projects in the pipeline include collaborations with filmmakers including Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus), Nimrod Antal (Predators), Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), and celebrated music video director Ace Norton.
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