Today, we received a press release that a new movie titled Runaway is now shooting in Oklahoma City under the direction of John Gulager, the madman who gave us the Feast trilogy and Piranha 3DD. The news does not mention that this thriller is actually Children of the Corn: Runaway, the 10th film in that long-running horror series. Here is the official press release unaltered. We'll return to the fact that this is a Children of the Corn movie after you read it.
The official Runaway press release: The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), with producer Mike Leahy of Strike Accord and in association with Gatlin Returns, Inc., is pleased to announce the beginning of principal photography on Runaway. The film, which will utilize the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate administered by OF+MO, will be shooting in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area including Luther and Coyle.
This will be Leahy's third time filming in Oklahoma; he previously produced Great Plains in the fall of 2015, and Judgment in February 2016, both of which utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program. said Leahy.
"Given the opportunity to make two back to back horror films, I chose Oklahoma because of the amazing talent and support I found on my first film here, Great Plains. Working with the same group of people three times in a row is unique in today's economy, but Oklahoma has proven to be one of the first places I consider when budgeting a film."
Runaway tells the story of a young woman named Ruth, who finds herself pregnant after escaping a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. Ruth struggles to spare her son the horrors of her childhood while trying to outrun her past. The film will be directed by John Gulager, who is known for the Feast trilogy, Piranha 3DD, and Zombie Night. said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky.
"We are thrilled to work with Strike Accord again. To have a producer bring three films to Oklahoma in less than a year is a testament to the effectiveness of our state's incentive program and speaks volumes about the talent and production value our local cast and crew members bring to film productions working in Oklahoma."
Now, the Judgment movie they are referring to in this press release is actually Hellraiser: Judgment, which features Children of the Corn: Runaway director John Gulager in an acting role. It is not known why a press release has been sent out omitting the fact that this is a Children of the Corn sequel, or that the same team is behind a new Hellraiser movie. But it was Bloody Disgusting who alerted us to the fact that Runaway is in fact Children of the Corn 10. The movie will wrap on April 2, which is just a week after the press release went out. Hellraiser: Judgment was also shot at an expedient rate this past February.
Joel Soisson wrote Children of the Corn: Runaway, and it's said to be a follow-up to his 2011 sequel Children of the Corn: Genesis. That movie followed a young couple who try to free an imprisoned child with catastrophic results. Bloody Disgusting note that the main character's name in Runaway is Ruth, and that this new movie is also a direct sequel to the 2009 Children of the Corn TV movie remake, which featured Alexa Nikolas as Ruth, the pregnant girlfriend to Isaac. If you haven't seen any of these movies, this probably doesn't make any sense. We know we're confused. However it shakes out, this movie is currently shooting. And we might even see it before the end of the year, or early in 2017. What do you think?