Abigail Breslin Is The Final Girl
Not so sunshiney any more
Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin is racking up the future projects at the moment. She recently wrapped Ender's Game, and has Halle Berry thriller The Hive in the works; she's playing a ghost in Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, and now Breslin's crossing to the other side of the horror divide to try out her scream-queen lungs as a Final Girl.
Not to be confused with Final Girls, which is a New Line comedy being directed by Harold & Kumar's Todd Strauss-Schulson, this Final Girl is a more serious-sounding affair. The premise revolves around a "pack of feral boys" (like the one in Mad Max 2? Probably not...) who choose the wrong chick as the victim of a dubious initiation ceremony. Maybe Abigail can employ some of the skills she learned from Tallahassee in Zombieland.
The title refers to the well-worn slasher movie trope of whittling down a cast of teens until there's only a Final Girl to take on the maniac. Jamie Lee Curtis is the final girl in Halloween, for example, as is Marilyn Burns in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Wolf Creek played with those genre expectations quite cleverly, and Marcus Nispel is currently attached to direct Hack/Slash, based on the comics about Cassie Hack, a final girl-turned-professional slasher killer.
Final Girl is the directorial debut of photographer Tyler Shields, and the latest draft of the screenplay is by hot prospect Adam Prince (Red Sky). There's no start-date yet, but there is some very bloody pre-Breslin sales art from Cannes...