AFM: Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama Join All-Female Horror Anthology 'XX'
The Soska sisters and Jovanka Vuckovic also make the lineup for a title that will have segments directed by women only.
MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are producing XX, an all-female horror anthology with segments starring female leads, helmed by female filmmakers.
The companies have assembled an impressive roster: Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Chained), Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), Jen and Sylvia Soska (known as the Soska sisters with credits including Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary), and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird, The Guest).
The plan is for the filmmakers to develop their own stories, which will be interspersed by work from Guadalajara-based stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, who will also create the film's title sequence.
Todd Brown (The Raid: Redemption) will produce for XYZ. Greg Newman will serve as executive producer for MPI/Dark Sky along with Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ.
Said Brown: "One of the givens of so many horror films has been the objectification of young women, and we thought it was time for a different approach to scaring audiences and letting the female voice be heard."
"We know that women make up about half of the audience for horror films, and yet female creative voice has been nearly silent in the horror genre," said Newman, executive vp of Dark Sky Films' parent company, MPI. "So we are thrilled about the new and distinct approach that these talented directors will bring to the project."
Horror anthologies have made a comeback in the last few years, with movies such as V/H/S and The ABC's of Death.
MPI/Dark Sky Films is handling international sales at AFM and co-representing the film with XYZ Films.