Horror Round-Up: Maria Bello Eyeing HOUSE OF HORROR; Keri Russell in Talks for DARK SKIES

     April 4, 2012


We’ve got a couple of horror-related casting stories to share today.  First up, Bloody Disgusting reports that Maria Bello is in talks to star in House of Horror.  Produced by James Wan (Insidious), the story centers on a lead detective and a police psychologist who question a suspect following the brutal murder of five college students.  Should she sign on, Bello would take the psychologist role.  Xavier Gens (The Divide) was previously attached to direct, but he’s no longer involved with the project.  The report doesn’t specify the structure of the film, but I’m assuming it’s not just two people talking to a suspect for 90 minutes.  Producers are currently looking for a new director to sign on.  Bello recently starred in the NBC drama Prime Suspect, but the series was not picked up for a second season due to low ratings.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the sci-fi horror pic Dark Skies.

keri-russell-dark-skiesAdditionally, Keri Russell and Daniel Barrett are in talks to join the sci-fi leaning horror feature Dark SkiesPriest director Scott Charles Stewart is set to direct, and Bloody Disgusting reports that the story centers on “a 6-year-old boy who’s apparently been ‘marked’ by an alien (living among us) for future abduction.”  They note that the plot apparently shares some of the same themes as Fright Night, while also tapping the child abuse story mine.

Russell and Barrett would play the child’s parents should they sign on, and Blumhouse Pictures is producing.  For those unfamiliar, Blumhouse is responsible for the “low budget/big profit” model and is the studio behind the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious.  It’s safe to assume that Dark Skies may include some form of found footage given the studio’s penchant for the genre.  Russell recently signed on to star in the espionage drama pilot The Americans for FX, so should the network pick the show up to series we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of the Felicity actress.

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