Devon Sawa (Final Destination, Idle Hands) has signed on as lead in Mark Stouffer's horror/sci-fi feature Hunter's Moon. Principle photography starts in September.
This is the second collaboration for Stouffer and Sawa -- Sawa once portrayed director/writer/ producer Mark Stouffer in the Warner Brothers/Morgan Creek feature Wild America, based on the true-life story of Mark and his two filmmaking brothers, growing up in Arkansas. Stouffer created and produced Wild America with James Robinson, Steve Tisch, and Gary Barber.
Hunter's Moon is the first in a multi-picture slate of horror films to be produced by Stouffer's company over the next three years. All are in the under $5 million budget range, and financed through private investors. "Hunter's Moon" is the story of four young couples drawn to the remote dunes for off-roading in their extreme machines. But the outing turns into a night of terror when they are attacked by the Catcher, a skilled and brutal hunter of human specimens for alien science. Next in the production line-up is "Murder House," co-written with Dennis Johnson, to be directed and produced by Stouffer. "Murder House" is the story of a mentally unstable writer who is haunted by the ghosts of the murder victims, and their killer, that he is researching. Additional camera-ready projects include "Bone Eater," "Escargot," and "Hell's Well."
Says Stouffer, "The horror market has always run from tepid to hot - but never cold. It's a reliable commodity worldwide, as attractive to its core audience, as it is to my investor pool, looking for market-wise ventures.
Hunter's Moon is headquartered at LA Center Studios, where casting is wrapping up. Executive producer Mark Litwak represents the project for worldwide sales. Jay Sedrish also exec produces, with Wendy Winks co-producing.