Based on the original work of David Morrell in 1979, a new film adaptation hopes to transition the same terrifying instances of the novel to the big screen. The film has entered into pre-production, and filming will take place in Vancouver, Canada, and Bloody Moon Films founder Ben Dixon will be directing. The Vancouver based Bright Light Pictures Inc. will be hired for production.
Brightlight’s Chairman, Shawn Williams has recently worked as a producer on the feature film HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe, for Mandalay and Red Granite Pictures; The Company You Keep, a Sony Pictures Classics release this past spring directed by and starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf.
Ken Foree has come onboard as executive producer, he will also be playing the role of George, the medical examiner. Foree was also apart of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Devil’s Rejects’. Stacey Dixon and Andy Van Roon will join him as executive producers. James Joseph is listed as a co-writer on the project.
As for the original story, The Totem focuses on bizarre events in the tiny mountain community of Potter’s Field, Wyoming. Cattle are being mutilated, animals become savage and children seem possessed. Townspeople are found without faces. Sheriff Nathan Slaughter, an ex Detroit cop, and a young magazine reporter, Christine Dunlap, must confront the evil behind the hideous events, an evil that is all too human and deadly.
Morrell is best known for his work with First Blood. It spawned the Rambo film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. Morrell has written more than 30 books and has 18 million copies in print, including his latest project released this past spring titled Murder as a Fine Art. The book is getting rave reviews…. Stephen King calls it “A thriller fan’s dream.”
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