Joe Dante joins “GUT” director in the “DARK”; Kickstarter campaign launched


Genre great Joe Dante has signed on as executive producer of a new horror project called DARK, set during the New York City blackout of 2003, and he and his collaborators are seeking crowd support to get it off the ground.

DARKDANTEKICKSTARTERNEWSTo be directed by Nick Basile (of the documentary AMERICAN CARNY: TRUE TALES FROM THE CIRCUS SIDESHOW) from a script by GUT writer/director Elias, DARK will star Whitney Able of MONSTERS and ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE as Kate, a model with a troubled past who’s left alone in her Brooklyn loft when her girlfriend Leah (Alexandra Breckenridge, who has appeared in AMERICAN HORROR STORY and TRUE BLOOD) goes on vacation. Then the blackout—the worst in U.S. history—hits, and Kate comes to believe she’s being stalked by someone in the darkness.

The filmmakers are aiming for a combination of psychological chills and character study similar to REPULSION, BLACK SWAN and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, and have opened a Kickstarter page  to raise $48,500 for the production. Perks range from DVDs, Blu-rays and posters for DARK to signed special-edition discs of Dante’s past films to DARK premiere tickets and set visits. “I’ve always been attracted to projects by young filmmakers who are trying to do something within their means,” Dante says. “DARK has been conceived in this manner and has the opportunity to be a very suspenseful and commercial picture.” “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Joe Dante on DARK,” adds Basile, “and we can’t think of a better time to launch the campaign than the 10th anniversary of the blackout.” Keep your eyes here for more info on the project, and check out DARK’s official website and Facebook page.

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