Wait, are there killer trees in this movie? Because I don’t know if I can take another killer tree movie from M. Night Shyamalan. Thankfully, no. The film in question is “Devil”, set to be directed by the brothers Dowdle — that’s Drew and John Erick Dowdle, directors of “Quarantine”, the remake of the Spanish horror movie “REC”. “Devil” is based on a story idea by M. Night Shylaman, but is scripted by Brian Nelson, who is no stranger to horror, having written the film adaptation of “30 Days of Night”.
Today the trades report that “Devil” has found its leading man in Chris Messina (pictured, left), who will be playing a character named Bowden, described as “a sobered-up homicide detective”. Messina has been in “Julie and Julia” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, so this is a pretty major departure for him in terms of film roles.
Shyamalan and Sam Mercer will produce for Universal, and production is scheduled to begin in Toronto on October 26th.