David R. Ellis is one busy hombre. The “Snakes on a Plane” and “Final Destination” director recently talked with the gents over at Movie Hole and filled them in on all of his upcoming projects, the most intriguing and “Snakes on a Plane”-esque of which is the incredibly titled “War Monkeys”. I mean, come on, it’s got monkeys — and they’ve been trained in warfare! How could you go wrong with a premise like that? Okay, so there’s plenty of ways to go wrong, but we’re betting Ellis steers the ship. Hopefully.
Besides “War Monkeys” (“monkeys with machineguns!”), Ellis has a thriller called “Genesis Code” coming up with “Star Wars” prequel guy Hayden Christensen. Here’s the premise:
“Genesis Code”, written by Kevin Bernhardt, tells of a former national security expert (Christensen) who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.
Also on tap, “Shark Night” in 3D and “Bad Luck”. The latter film will star “Resident Evil’s” Milla Jovovich, and follows a group of friends who discover that their superstitions are starting to come through. In bloody and ghastly and probably gratuitous T&A-ish ways, one can only hope. “Bad Luck” is budgeted at $30 million, and sounds a heck of a lot like a “Final Destination” retread — with a better looking cast. (It does star Jovovich, after all.)
And then there’s this little gem called “Humpty Dumpty”:
…based on the script by Billy Majestic about a half-human, half-alien creature embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South.
Rednecks! Aliens! Domestic abuse! Oh my!
Alas, “Humpty Dumpty” is nowhere near production, so Ellis will probably work on the rest first (but in particular “Bad Luck” with Jovovich, since that’s probably his most A-list-ish film of the bunch) before he can hop down to the Deep South. I wait with bated breath.