Sunday, August 23, 2009

'HATER' Update: Guillermo del Toro & Mark Johnson Project

Guillermo del Toro (left) and Mark Johnson (right)

Producer Mark Johnson, who is currently balancing duties between the next Chronicles of Narnia picture and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, told recently that progress continues on Hater, an adaptation of the David Moody novel he is co-producing with Guillermo Del Toro.

"The script is getting turned in this week, actually," he said. The Shield's Glen Mazzara is adapting the book. "I describe it as a zombie movie without zombies. So we'll see what we get. It's one of the few ones that focuses on an outbreak that affects people where it's never explained. A really good one. Others may do the same thing and be metaphors for AIDS or whatever, but, in this particular case you, can read all kinds of interpretations into it but at the end of the day it is what it is."

In Moody's 2006 tome society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning. Their attacks are brutal, remorseless aDavid Moodynd extreme. There are no apparent links between the Haters or their victims and no obvious reason for their violence. In seconds rational, controlled people become vicious killers. Everyone - irrespective of race, gender, age, sexuality or any other imaginable difference - has the potential to become either a Hater or a victim. This is a terror which knows no boundaries. You can no longer trust anyone, no matter how well you think you know them. You can no longer trust yourself. By the end of today you could be a killer. By the end of today you could be dead.

The Orphanage's Juan Antonio Bayona is slated to direct.


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