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Sundance: 'The Witch' Director Makes Studio 8 Deal With Medieval Fantasy
Robert Eggers is moving from the indie scene to the studio world pretty quickly.
Eggers is the director of The Witch, a period horror movie that has generated buzz at Sundance in advance of its premiere Tuesday.
But late Friday, the director closed a deal with Jeff Robinov’s fledgling outfit Studio 8 to write and direct an untitled medieval fantasy, THR has confirmed.
Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen of banner Parts and Labor (Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Beginners) are producing Witch.
Jon Silk brought the project in pitch form into Studio 8 and is overseeing for the studio.
Eggers seems to have a love for period pictures. Witch is set in Puritanical 1600s New England and tells of a family that begins to turn on one another when crops fail and a child goes missing. His meticulous re-creation of the times is one of the aspects of the film that is winning praise from critics.