Weta Checks Into THE HOME of Kristoffer Aaron Morgan and Eric Vespe!!
I've known Kristoffer Aaron Morgan and Eric Vespe for close to eight years now. Well, let me amend that: I've known "Kraken" and "Quint" for close to eight years; I didn't meet Aaron and Eric until I attended my first Butt-Numb-a-Thon in 2002. Regardless of how I've identified them, they're great guys with an undeniable passion for creating cinema. I gathered as much when I saw their impressive short film "Blind" back in December of 2003; and while it was little more than a dip of the toe in some very treacherous waters, I was confident that these boys would get their shit together and make a proper feature over the next few years.
It took 'em a little longer than expected, but, goddamn, did they ever spend their time wisely. According to Bloody-Disgusting's Brad Miska, Kristoffer Aaron Morgan and Eric Vespe are teaming with Weta Workshop to make a (for now) independent horror film called THE HOME. It's a "visceral horror thriller" about a critically injured firefighter who must contend with all manner of paranormal mayhem when he's left to recuperate in a spooky nursing home.
Let me be completely honest here: up until a few hours ago, I knew zilch about this movie. My first inkling that something was up struck this evening at the New Beverly's screening of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, when Eric told me to expect an email containing a piece of news he couldn't report himself. I'm now learning that other sites have been sniffing around this story for a week (the very same week I spent at Comic Con with Quint!), so this is definitely not a case of the home team getting a good scoop.
Miska's got the first piece of artwork posted at the above-linked blog entry, so, by all means, go over there and check it out. It's got a vividly nightmarish, almost Bernie Wrightson quality to it. If this is the direction in which Aaron is headed visually with THE HOME, I can completely understand why a design genius like Richard Taylor would want to be involved. It looks like the kind of classic creature features most of us grew up with.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY's Steven Schneider will produce THE HOME, which is currently being shopped to a number of production companies. With Weta pledged to provide the f/x (Aaron's preference is, naturally, for practical), I imagine a deal should be in place shortly. Does this mean we'll suddenly see a lot less of Quint around these parts? I dunno. Let's concentrate on the sweet for now, and deal with the bitter later.
Best of luck, guys!
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July 31, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST
July 31, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST
Glad the hard work seems to have paid off for you two
July 31, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST
Congratulations, you guys. I'm so happy for you two.
July 31, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST
by The InSneider
used to work for him. great guy. smart guy. great taste. basically the same name and nyu too. congrats guys. i'm sure steven will find the proper 'home' for this project. mazel tov again.
July 31, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST
by Leopold Scotch
I don't get why people would complain about writers and film lovers catching a break like this. The medium needs input from all angles, not just artists who have an expensive sheet of paper that says they're qualified. For all I know, Kraken and Quint have relevant formal qualifications, but none of that really matters. We should all be able to make a living out of our hobbies. Let's not whine about those who get the chance.
July 31, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST
...(hmmm I actually didn't mean that acerbically...) Best of luck...
July 31, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST
Smash it, lads!
July 31, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST
Can't wait to see what they do
July 31, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
That concept art looks great and the tale has an air of vintage King to it and that's not bad thing in my book. I hope it all comes together.
July 31, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST
You've got my ticket.
July 31, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
....will take the job.
July 31, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I hope WETA gives you more than they did for Black Sheep.
July 31, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST
July 31, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST
Well done folks!
July 31, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
This was his plan the whole time! <p> CONGRATS!
July 31, 2008, 7 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
July 31, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST
good form old boy.
July 31, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST
Nice job, boys. I now have an excuse to have another drink while I'm stuck here at Vancouver airport. This one's to you guys; can't waqit to be able to say "this movie will fuckin' SUCK!" after...you know... two stills and a 30 second trailer from youtube gets leaked to the 'nets :-) But seriously folks....coolest news I've heard all damn day. Congrats again!
July 31, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST
by Rubiks Doob
Presumably some production company is being solicited to fund this film. Shouldn't they be allowed to have a say in who does the VFX? I suspect this will be in turnaround for a while...
July 31, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Best of luck to ya! We're hear to support!
July 31, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST
by Bob of the Shire
Good luck guys. If you can successfully capture the horror I feel everytime I visit a nursing home then you'll have a blockbuster on your hands.
July 31, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST
Git R Done, AICN!
Aug. 1, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST
well played gents...
Aug. 1, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST
Doing the geeks proud
Aug. 1, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST
Hope it works out for you both.
Aug. 1, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST
I had the privilege of meeting Mr.Morgan and Mr.Vespe and hearing about their project firsthand at ComicCon. I wish them the best of luck in its production! It is going to be quite the kickass flick. Kudos again on getting it off the ground!
Aug. 1, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST
Make a good flick. The rest will take care of itself.
Aug. 2, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST
A similar deal to bring Weta Workshop on board to provide support to the Steampunk movie Pygmalion (www.steamflick.com) was also struck at ComicCon. In fact, Greg Broadmore of Weta will be at the California Steampunk Convention in October (www.steampunkconvention.com) to talk about his Dr. Grordbort Ray Guns. The movie is being produced by the same people putting on the event. At ComicCon we scored a director, Pearry Teo (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1182611/), as well as Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy for a graphic novel prequel. Plus we are just about set to bring in one alum each from X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to star. We'll be announcing in the trades next week.
Aug. 2, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST
glad to hear the good news quint !! cant wait to see the film. got all the trust in you tot urn in a good movie. the plot sounds fantatsic....GREAT TO SEE YOU HAVING A SCRIPT MADE.
Aug. 2, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
Just kidding, but you just know someone's gonna bellyache about it.
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