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Jonathan Jakubowicz Bags Black

He'll direct Bryan Bertino's script

Bryan Bertino, writer / director of The Strangers, was due to direct it, but he's currently busy with This Man over at Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. So the job of directing Black has fallen to Jonathan Jakubowicz.

Nothing to do with the shoot-everything PS2 game, this thriller is being developed by Rogue Pictures, and involves a bus full of passengers being terrorized by a mysterious monster in a gruelling four-day ordeal. Four days is the timespan of the film, we should stress. We imagine the movie's actual running time will be shorter.

Jakubowicz is no stranger to tense situations, having directed the kidnap thriller Secuestro Express in 2005. More recently he's been working on the border patrol drama Southbound, with Eva Mendes and Matthew McConaughey.

This is his first foray into horror though, so we'll be interested to see what he makes of the material, which currently, superficially, has unfortunate echoes of Jeepers Creepers 2. Bertino's The Strangers was an impressive exercise in scaring the crap out of an audience, but its strength was in Bertino's box of directorial horror tricks, and not so much in its screenplay.

Time will tell then, if Black, on paper, is an improvement, and whether Jakubowicz can bring it to life.