February 13, 2014 5:20pm PT by Borys Kit
Thomas Jane Reteams With Phil Joanou for Blumhouse's 'The Veil' (Exclusive)
Thomas Jane will star in The Veil, the latest microbudget horror film from Jason Blum's Blumhouse, which has Phil Joanou on board to direct. Universal will distribute per its first-look deal with Blumhouse.
Joanou is a video director who helmed the Kim Basinger-Richard Gere erotic thriller Final Analysis but most recently teamed up with Jane to make the wildly popular short The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, an unauthorized take on the Marvel vigilante character.
Veil is written by Robert Ben Garant, a co-creator of the comedy show Reno 911, who with his partner Thomas Lennon wrote the Night at the Museum movies and are now adapting Choose Your Adventure for Fox. Veil, however, is a solo effort for Garant and reteams him with Blum, for whom he wrote the upcoming horror pic Jessabelle.
The story springs from the real-world headlines of religious cults and mass suicides. With Veil, it begins 30 years ago, when members of a religious cult known as Heaven's Veil take their own lives. The truth behind what really happened remains buried deep in the memory of the sole survivor, a five-year-old girl, who returns to the compound with a documentary crew as an adult. They soon discover something that is far more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.
The plan is to shoot in April. Blum and Garant are producing.
Blum has The Purge: Anarchy opening up June 20 and Ouija on October 24. He is in post on The Boy Next Door and this week began shooting Visions, which stars Isla Fisher and Jim Parsons.
Jane is repped by Paradigm and attorney Bryan Wolf of Ziffren Brittenham, while Joanou is repped by Paradigm, Todd Smith & Associates and attorney Harold Brown of Gang, Tyre.
Garant is represented by CAA, Principato Young and attorney Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman.