David Katzenberg is set to make his feature directorial debut with the teen thriller The Waiting. Variety reports that Katzbenberg will direct and produce through his KatzSmith production banner alongside Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. The story centers on “two young filmmakers who decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.” Naturally, the pic will use a combination of found footage and traditional narrative. It appears my Christmas wish to abolish the found footage genre altogether has gone in vain. Mr. Claus, you’ll be hearing from my lawyers.
Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith created the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Katzenberg has directed episodes of that series and MTV’s Awkward. Grahame-Smith has a busy slate ahead of him, as two projects he wrote are set to open this year: Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He’s also hard at work writing a Beetlejuice sequel and an adaptation of his action-oriented Three Wise Men novel Unholy Night. If you missed Steve’s interviews with the scribe where he gave updates on the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, the Beetlejuice sequel, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, be sure to check them out.