The surprise-hit status of The Devil Inside is proving to be rewarding for the film’s director. William Brent Bell, who helmed and co-wrote the found footage horror pic, has been set by Warner Bros. to direct The Vatican. Deadline reports that Bell will helm the conspiracy driven thriller that was scripted by David Cohen (No One Lives). No plot details are given, but the film will be fast tracked by Warner Bros. and is described as a hybrid that uses some found footage techniques.
The Devil Inside was acquired by Paramount for a mere $1 million, but opened to a record-breaking $34.5 million last weekend. Interestingly, the film was met with a harshly negative reaction from both critics and moviegoers. The film’s Cinemascore, which gauges audience reaction, was an “F”. Nevertheless, WB seems to be high on Bell as they plan on moving quickly with The Vatican. You can read our interview with the filmmaker here.