AFM: Joe Dante to Direct Supernatural Thriller 'Labirintus'

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Joe Dante

Goldcrest is handling world sales on the film from the 'Gremlins' director.

Gremlins director Joe Dante is heading to Hungary for his next project, the supernatural thriller Labirintus.

Dante is currently casting the film, which is set in an abandoned Soviet research lab hidden within the Hungarian Labyrinth, which lies beneath Buda Castle. The plot sees a paranormal investigator and a psychiatric researcher join forces to explore the facility, only to be confronted and tormented by supernatural forces that make them question their own sanity.

Goldcrest Films International will handle world sales for the feature and will introduce the project to buyers at AFM next month.

Goldcrest Films managing director Pascal Degove said it was “extraordinary” to be working with Dante on the project. “(He's) a director who has been thrilling, surprising and scaring audiences his entire career," he said. "Labirintus is a creepy and unnerving journey into the psyche, and Joe is the perfect director to bring that to the big screen.”

Dante said he was “excited” to be collaborating with Goldcrest on the film, which he described as “compelling (and) chilling.”

Fabrice Lambot, of France’s Metaluna Productions, is producing Labirintus together with Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Productions, Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Goldcrest's Degove and Nick Quested will serve as executive producers. 

The script was written by Alan Campbell, a Scottish screenwriter and cult fantasy novelist.

Goldcrest's AFM lineup also includes Roland Emmerich's gay rights drama Stonewall, Aaron Paul-starrer Come and Find Me and a planned remake of cult horror film The Blob, which Simon West (Con Air) is set to direct.

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