Cannes: Marcus Nispel to Direct Seafaring Horror Pic 'Stowaway'

'Stowaway' is based on a story by Nispel, who also directed the recent 'Conan the Barbarian' movie.
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Marcus Nispel has found a new horror project to sink his teeth into.

The director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes has signed on to helm Stowaway, described as a claustrophobic maritime horror thriller.

The project, which is being produced by L.A.-based White Sands Pictures, is being introduced at Cannes, with Blue Box International — a subsidiary of Red Granite International — handling foreign sales.

Stowaway is based on a story by Nispel, who also directed 2011's Conan the Barbarian, and Juhani Nurmi. The script was written by Scott Sandler, Connor Colebrook and Nurmi.

Nispel had some bold proclamations to make with the announcement: “Having revived major franchises like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, I intend to create the beginning of a new horror franchise with Stowaway. There has not been an edgy and original R-rated monster movie in a long time; a monster that is humanoid and strikes from below dark waters is so innately scary that it will stand shoulder to shoulder with other iconic brands, and at the same time reinvent claustrophobic and maritime horror, thus appealing to a whole new generation of audiences.”

Here’s his story:  A newly engaged woman hits the high seas with the seemingly perfect family into which she is marrying. Things go south then she discovers that at the bottom of the ocean lies a family secret that is about to tear everyone apart, emotionally and, ultimately, physically. The story is based on a Nordic myth of a seaborne humanoid avenging creature.

The monster will be created by veteran FX specialist Mike Elizalde of SpectralMotion, whose credits range from Gremlins 2: The New Batch to Looper.

Nispel, repped by Paradigm, is producing alongside Stefan Brunner. Juergen J. Straub is the executive producer.

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