When I think of Chris Columbus, generally the last thing that pops into the old noggin is scary shit (at least, not intentionally scary shit). But the noted producer-director is looking to change that as his 1492 Pictures has just entered into a partnership with Korean shingle, CJ Entertainment to co-produce a slate of horror films, says Variety. Three films are planned for this year and include Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Carpe Demon and a tasty film titled Killer Pizza.
Neil Jordan is writing and will direct Graveyard Book, which revolves around an orphan raised by ghosts. Columbus himself will script Carpe Demon, based on Julie Kenner’s Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting
Soccer Mom, about a stay-at-home mother who is charged with cleaning
up her demon-ridden small town. Scribes Kevin and Dan Hageman, and
Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris had previously taken stabs at the
script. Adam Green (“Hatchet”) will pen Killer Pizza, an action comedy about
a 14-year-old who lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, which is a front
for a monster-hunting organization.
1492’s most recent production was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which Columbus directed. Said Columbus of the joint venture: “The projects we are developing together meet our shared goal of
producing movies for the global marketplace,” Columbus said. ” We see
this as just the beginning of many terrific movies together.”
Some possible future 1492 horror films: He Knows You’re Home Alone; Mrs. Doubtknifer; Adventures in Babykilling; Knife Months; I Love Your Entrails, Beth Cooper; Stepmonster, and of course, Rend.