Casting Call: Cast Locked for Bigfoot Found-Footage Film, EXISTS; Kathryn Hahn Joins Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

     April 4, 2012

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We’ve got some new casting updates for you today, including a found-footage film tracking Bigfoot and a new project from Ben Stiller. Here they are at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on both projects. [Update: We’ve been sent the full press release for Exists, which is now included after the jump.]

secret-life-of-walter-mitty-vintage-posterExists, the found-footage film focused around Bigfoot, has finalized its cast. Good thing, because the production is scheduled to begin this coming Monday.  Sanchez will direct from a script by Jamie Nash (Lovely Molly) with Brian Steele (Hellboy) ready to play the famous monster.  This is a return of sorts for Sanchez, who arguably pioneered the found-footage genre with 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, a film style that (for better or worse) is still around today. Exists is a horror-thriller that focuses on a group of friends who go camping out in the Texas wilderness one weekend only to find themselves stalked and hunted by Bigfoot.

THR reports that Hahn will join The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to play Stiller’s sister, a “flighty” character who is supposed to be in charge of moving their mother (Shirley MacLaine) into a retirement home.  The movie is a remake of the 1947 film starring Danny Kaye and based on a short story by James Thurber. The plot centers on Mitty (Stiller), a meek, magazine photo manager who lives vicariously through his daydreams, but finds himself on a real-life adventure when he must track down a missing photo-negative.  Also starring Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is scheduled to shoot this spring in Vancouver.

Here’s the press release for Exists:

Los Angeles, CA (April 5, 2012) – Haxan Films and Amber Entertainment announced today they will start production on Exists on April 9th at Spiderwood Studios in Elgin, TX with Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly) directing.

Produced by Robin Cowie, Jane Fleming, Andy Jenkins and Mark Ordesky.  The screenplay is written by Jamie Nash.  The ensemble cast includes Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn and Denise Williamson. Brian Steele (Predators, Hellboy), the well-known “suit actor” will play Bigfoot. The film’s Executive Producers are Gregg Hale and Reed Frerichs.

Exists is Sanchez’s first foray into found footage since The Blair Witch Project.    The film is a horror-thriller that chronicles a group of friends who set out into a remote Texas woods for a weekend of fun and are stalked and hunted by Bigfoot.

This is the second film produced under a multi-picture collaboration between Haxan Films (Blair Witch Project) and Amber Entertainment (The Frozen Ground).  The first, Lovely Molly garnered critical acclaim after bows at the Midnight Madness lineup at Toronto and SXSW and is being released by Image Entertainment on May 18th.  Production Designer Andrew White and Cinematographer John W. Rutland are also returning.

 

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