Hell is looking to be a popular location for several upcoming projects.
First up, “The Hallow” director Corin Hardy has closed a deal to direct the Mike Finch-scripted action feature “Hell Bent” for Paramount Pictures. Casting will shortly begin while the script gets a polish, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.
Dubbed ‘The Dirty Dozen Goes To Hell,’ the story follows a group of mercenaries imprisoned in a Brazilian jail who are murdered and led into the depths of hell by a priest who wishes to use their skills to kill Satan.
Next up, Alcon Entertainment has optioned Christian minister Howard Storm’s novel “My Descent Into Death,” a supernatural thriller dramatizing his personal account of his near death experience. Jinder Ho (“There”) will write the film adaptation, quite different from other accounts as his is a journey through Hell.
Finally comes word that “Another Earth” director Mike Cahill is attached to helm “Doctors” for 20th Century Fox. David Goyer is producing the adaptation of the Dash Shaw graphic novel which Ben Jacoby will script.
Though not dealing directly with hell, “Doctors” will follow a group of doctors who can go into a dead person’s consciousness in the form of a memory and temporarily bring them back to life. When a woman hires the doctor to bring back her mother, the act poses an unintended question: What happens when the dead don’t want to return?