In 2008, Zachary Quinto formed the production company Before The Door with Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa. The company premiered its first feature, Margin Call, at Sundance 2011, and is currently prepping a “found-footage romantic comedy” for a sophomore effort. Today BTD announced their third feature project, a horror film titled The Banshee Chapter. Blair Erickson, making his directorial debut, wrote the script about “a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.” The press release claims the screenplay is “based on real documents.” Coupled with the based-on-a-true story Margin Call and the “found footage” twist on the rom-com, I think we’ve figured out Before the Door’s M.O. Quinto said as much in a statement:
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling. We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. The Banshee Chapter is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”
I’m not complaining. All three projects sound more ambitious than your average studio fare — I’m glad to see Quintot putting his Heroes/Star Trek power to good use. Read the full announcement after the break.
Blair Erickson to Write and Direct Horror Film THE BANSHEE CHAPTER for Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door Production
Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2011)–Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before The Door Pictures (BTD), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (THE LEDGE, FLYPAPER) to produce the elevated horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.
Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs and BTD’s Corey Moosa will produce. Arnold-Beutel will serve as executive producer along with Quinto and BTD’s Neal Dodson and Sean Akers. The project is set to begin principal photography in August in New Mexico.
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling,” explains Quinto. “We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. THE BANSHEE CHAPTER is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”
BTD’s first feature, J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL, premiered at Sundance in 2011, competed at The Berlinale, opened New Directors / New Films at MoMa to critical acclaim, and will be released domestically by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate on October 21. The company is currently in post-production on their second film, an untitled romantic comedy from Victor Quinaz and Anna Martemucci’s PERIODS. Films, which wrapped in May. Quinto is producing an unscripted series for SyFy with RelativityREAL, starring photographer Tyler Shields. Dodson has an hour-long scripted series in development at TNT starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and created by Shaun Cassidy. BTD’s graphic novels published with Archaia, LUCID and MR. MURDER IS DEAD, were released at San Diego Comic-Con, and will both be widely available on October 11. BTD is also prepping a larger follow-up feature film with Chandor for the late fall. There are additional projects in their television, film, comic book, and new media slate awaiting announcement later in 2011.
As the Creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency “Millions of Us,” Erickson created break-through interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. He wrote and directed an online alternate reality live-action thriller for the TERMINATOR franchise, created several 3-D virtual world experiences for Sony’s new Playstation Home, and directed the online live action with animated monsters for DreamWork’s MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros, Fox, SciFi Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks.