If there's one thing that Blumhouse Productions knows, it's low-budget horror. However, its most recently announced film seems to be offering fans something a little different from the typical fright-fest.
With Lee Pace (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Hobbit) and Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) already set to play the two leads, Blumhouse is embarking on its first romance, entitled The Keeping Hours. But don't worry horror fans – there's going to be lots of that, too.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Trials Of Cate McCall director Karen Moncrieff is slated for the picture. Described as a "supernatural love story" by the studio, the movie will follow a couple who drifted apart after their son was tragically killed in a car accident. But the estranged pair stumble across an opportunity for reconciliation when the tenth anniversary of the event comes around.
The details behind the "supernatural" elements of the film have not been touched upon at this early stage, but judging by the premise, it will have something to do with the son. Whether he acts as some kind of undead cupid, or whether they'll bond over a series of hauntings is not yet known, but judging by Blumhouse's existing filmography, it seems fair to say things are bound to get creepy.
This year alone, the production company has funded numerous projects including The Lazarus Effect starring Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, Unfriended, The Gift with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton, Insidious 3 and the forthcoming Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension which marks the sixth instalment in the well-known franchise.
Based largely in horror, Blumhouse has some experience in drama, too, having been involved in the recent production of the Oscar-winning Whiplash. Similarly, they worked on upcoming fantasy adventure Jem And The Holograms.
The film will begin production in December, and given Blumhouse's usual quick turnarounds, we can probably expect it in cinemas towards the end of 2016. With an impressive track record in turning small-budget films into box-office success, it will be interesting to see what they have in store for this genre-bending picture, particularly in a year where it will also be releasing Ouija 2, The Purge 3, Unfriended 2, Stephanie and an untitled M Night Shyamalan project starring James McAvoy.