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Elijah Wood's commitment to horror is steamrolling along, having announced yet another new genre project which teams the actor with SAW and INSIDIOUS writer Leigh Whannell and music video director Ace Norton.
COOTIES, as you may imagine, is set at school. The film "begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against the monstrous pupils."
A co-production between PARANORMAL ACTIVITY's Steven Schneider and The Woodshed (Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller), COOTIES was also co-written by GLEE creator Ian Brennan. Fantastic music video helmer Ace Norton is set to direct.
“My friend Ian Brennan and I wanted to write a film about one of life’s most universal experiences–hatred for precocious, adorable children. 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,” said Whannell.
This entire ensemble is a fantastic one, especially Norton, who's been deserving of a feature for some time. For more on Norton, see his video for Aesop Rock's "Coffee" below and head here for my age-old interview with him about his horror influences.
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