Federico D’Alessandro may not be a household name, but the if you’ve watched any of Marvel’s recent superhero movies, you’ve seen the man’s work. D’Alessandro has been Marvel’s chief storyboard and animatics artist for some time now, but the animator has even bigger goals – he’s looking to direct. Turns out he might be about to make that dream a reality.
D’Alessandro is reportedly in talks to make his directorial debut with the monster movie Lockdown at Franklin High – currently in development at Colombia, the project has Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes handling the production duties.
Lockdown is based on a script by Joe Ballarini and Gregg Bishop (who brought us the wildly entertaining Dance of the Dead) that focuses on two totally opposite siblings who are trapped in their high school during a lockdown while a monster wanders the campus. Sounds like our kind of movie.
THR speculates that the project, which has a reported $6 million budget, could serve as Colombia’s first foray into the microbudgeted horror field. Studios like to make these films because they’re relatively low risk (a $6 million budget is pretty low, all things considered) with the potential for big returns. The idea of D’Alessandro teaming up with Ballarini and Bishop should get horror geeks excited – and that could translate into some huge (relatively speaking) box office for Colombia and Platinum Dunes.
We’ll keep you posted as the details are finalized, but do you think D’Alessandro can make the jump from the page to the screen? Based on his work conceptualizing the Marvel films, I think Lockdown would be in very capable hands.
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