One gets the impression that a dozen intriguingly bizarre films are always swirling around the mind of director Joe Dante, and it is a displeasure to see that the most recent work from him happened back in 2009 with “The Hole.” Since then, a ‘60s-set biopic about Roger Corman and the ghost story “Casting The Runes” with Simon Pegg have been bandied about as potential next projects, but now some financing has come through for another, and it contains the kind twisted comedy and horror elements that you’d expect from the “Gremlins” helmer.
The Wrap reports that Voltage Pictures has agreed to finance and produce “Burying The Ex,” a new horror comedy written by Alan Trezza and set to star actor Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson”) and Oliver Cooper (“Project X”). The film follows a young man, Max (Yelchin), as he moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn and immediately wants to break up due to her sudden controlling behavior towards him. Too afraid to actually split things off though, he’s relieved from the task as Evelyn dies in a freak accident. But when Max tries to move on with Olivia (Daddario), he discovers an undead Evelyn has returned with hopes of turning him to her side.
Writer Trezza actually directed a short film with the same name and twisted concept back in 2008, so it likely acted as a nice calling card for Dante to see the horror-comedy promise in a feature. With financing intact, the film is actually filming now in Los Angeles, so it shouldn’t be too long before we get a new peek at Dante’s signature style.