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A week after he took the job to direct the third Twilight film director David Slade is now attached to helm another horror picture which, it financing all comes together, will shoot in 10 months.
The 30 Days of Night/Hard Candy dude's new project is Cold Skin, based on the Albert Sanchez Pinol novel of the same name. The screenplay is already done by writer Jesus Olmo and Denise O'Dell and Mark Albela are producing for Kanzaman.
Variety's write-up of the deal mentions nothing about how Pinol's story sounds. It's about a man who is hired to spend a year stationed on a tiny Antarctic island where he's supposed to monitor and log the weather conditions. When he gets to the island he discovers that he has a neighbor named Gruner, and that each night the island is swarmed by strange humanoid reptilian creatures. The two men capture one of the monsters and the hero starts to test its intelligence. He begins to think that they may be intelligent and a conflict arises between our hero and his human companion. Now doesn't that premise sound a lot more interesting than what Variety called it?
The movie has a budget of $25 million and is pegged to start rolling in March 2010. That should give Slade enough time to get Eclipse shot and well into post by the time the first day of filming on Cold Skin rolls around.
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