AICN is reporting Daniel Radcliffe has nabbed the lead in the director Alexandre Aja’s film adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror novel HORNS. Wow. The star of THE WOMAN IN BLACK and HARRY POTTER franchise, the “pull no punches” director of HIGH TENSION and PIRANHA 3D, and the bestselling author of HEART SHAPED BOX who just so happens to be the son of Stephen King. The movie gods smile upon on that combo.
Here’s a press release: Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” franchise, “The Woman in Black”) has signed on to star in the supernatural fantasy/thriller “Horns,” which will be co-produced and financed by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland’s Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company Red Granite Pictures. Red Granite will co-produce the film with Mandalay Pictures.
Based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill, “Horns” is being directed by Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes,” “Piranha 3D,” “High Tension”) from an adapted screenplay by Keith Bunin (“In Treatment”). Producers are Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Mandalay Pictures President Cathy Schulman and Adam Stone. Joe Hill and Red Granite’s Joe Gatta are executive producers.
“Horns,” a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend. Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people, and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times best seller list for six weeks, and has become an international bestseller as well.
Additional casting is underway as principal photography is slated to begin this fall. Red Granite Pictures’ international sales arm (Red Granite International) will handle foreign sales for the film.
Director Alex Aja sees “Horns” as a character driven metaphysical and emotional fable with the structural bones of a mystery/revenge thriller. He says, “After reading Joe Hill’s cult book, I couldn’t resist temptation to dive into the devilish underworld and reinvent a universal myth. ‘Horns’ is a wild ride of sin and crime, with a love story in its heart.”
“’Horns’ is a wildly unique thriller that’s ripe for the big screen,” said Red Granite principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland. “Daniel is an amazing talent who will deliver a gripping performance with Alex at the helm. “We’re happy to be working with Mandalay and Joe Hill to bring this project to life
Said Schulman, “We’re thrilled to be in business with Riza, Joey and the Red Granite team. They are partners willing to put their strength behind provocative and fresh projects. Alex Aja is the perfect director to bring this chilling story to life.”