Two years ago, Chad Feehan, writer / director of Wake and producer of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, picked up the rights to an acclaimed teen horror novel. One slight problem: it was called Twilight. Nothing to do with Stephanie Meyer, this one's by William Gay, and is starting to gain traction as a movie. Feehan himself looks set to direct what's now monickered Beyond the Pale.
Twi... sorry, Beyond the Pale (Wayne Hussey is sitting by the phone waiting to hear from the soundtrack producer*) is a Southern Gothic tale of a brother and sister who uncover nefarious goings on at their local funeral parlour, try to blackmail the undertaker, and pay for their temerity by getting a terminator-like ex-con set on them. What ensues is a tense, protracted chase through 1950s Tennessee.
Stephen King loved it, although judging by the number of quotes he sends out for book jackets, Stephen King loves everything. Gay sees it as a modern-day Hansel and Gretal, which, along with the period setting (if its kept) might make for an interesting fairytale vibe.
Feehan's motel psycho-thriller Wake, starring Josh Stewart and Jamie-Lynn Sigler has just been picked up for online distribution by IFC (have a look at the trailer here). Is Beyond the Pale headed for bigger things? More news as we get it.