If you're a horror fan, you might be skeptical about a film titled Cooties that was cowritten by the writer and cocreator of Glee. What if we told you that the movie was set to star Maniac actor Elijah Wood, is being produced and cowritten by Saw's Leigh Whannell, and Paranormal Activity 1-4 producer Steven Schneider was also behind it? Music video director Ace Norton — whose credits include projects like Death Cab for Cutie's "Crooked Teeth" and Scissor Sisters' "Any Which Way" — will be helming the feature about killer kids.
A mysterious virus spreads to an isolated elementary school, where it infects preadolescent children, turning them into feral savages. The teachers band together to fight the miniature, but deadly, students with an unlikely hero taking the reins. Cooties will begin filming in April next year. "My friend Ian Brennan and I wanted to write a film about one of life’s most universal experiences — hatred for precocious, adorable children," Whannell told Shock Till You Drop. "And so we started work on Cooties, a film about a virus that turns school children into monsters and therefore makes it okay to beat them up with hockey sticks."
In other horror news, macabre Western horror Bone Tomahawk just added an exciting list of talent to its cast. Kurt Russell (The Thing), Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern), Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) will be joining the production, according to Variety. Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler will make his directorial debut with the movie, but his screenwriting credits include The Incident (aka Asylum Blackout), the recently sold Big Stone Grid, and The Brigands of Rattleborge — which currently has Chan-wook Park in talks to direct.
Bone Tomahawk will follow Russell as a sheriff who leads a band of characters (including Jenkins as a "befuddled oldster" and Sarsgaard who plays a cowboy) on a rescue mission. Carpenter will star as one in a group of captives being held by "cannibalistic troglodytes." We'll spare you the embarrassment of looking "troglodytes" up in the dictionary: they're talking about prehistoric, hermit-y, cave-dweller types. The film is currently looking for buyers to fill the void in the severely underrepresented troglodyte market.