It seems that Ethan Hawke is starting to develop a habit of taking on "secretive" roles in movies.
Case in point: A few months back, he signed-on for an undisclosed supporting role in the currently-filming Total Recall semi-remake, prompting speculation he might be playing the bizarre mutant Kuato (see: the character in the 1990 Total Recall movie). Now Hawke has signed on for another "mystery" role in a new low-budget horror thriller that is officially untitled, for the time being.
THR says the micro-budgeted scarefest in question is being directed by Scott Derrickson, whose credits include The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the Day the Earth Stood Still remake. He is also credited on IMDB as one of the scribers involved with the in-development Poltergeist remake.
Derrickson's new micro-budgeted horror flick is being produced by Jason Blum, who knows a thing or two about crafting successful inexpensive supernatural thrillers, having been involved with the first two Paranormal Activity movies and Insidious. He is also (naturally) working behind the scenes on this year's Paranormal Activity 3, as well as Oscar-winner Barry Levinson's impending sci-fi ecological disaster flick, The Bay.
Ain't it Cool News contributor C. Robert Cargill cowrote the script for this new horror-thriller with Derrickson, whose past writing credits include Exorcism of Emily Rose, Urban Legends: Final Cut and the direct-to-video Hellraiser: Inferno.
Going off the combined filmography of the production team involved with this new cheap horror flick, chances are good it won't be breaking any new thematic ground or messing too much with genre conventions. Of course, Insidious demonstrated that even an old-fashioned supernatural thriller can be entertaining when done right - so there's hope for Derrickson's new film.
Hawke will presumably be starring as the "everyman" character (see: Patrick Wilson in Insidious for a recent example of that archetype) who is forced to literally confront his own demons in Derrickson's new horror flick. He's a talented actor, no doubt, and previously secured Oscar-nods for his relatively different turns in Training Day and Before Sunset - so perhaps he can help elevate this new cheap scarefest into something more memorable. too.
We'll let you know when this project (which is slated to begin shooting in September 2011) has an official title.