David Lowery’s A Ghost Story to Screen at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival announced that A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery and starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, will have it’s world premiere at the festival as a part of its NEXT program. The Sundance Institute described NEXT as:

“Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema. “

Lowery is known for directing Disney’s recent live-action take on Pete’s Dragon, and he is currently working on Disney’s live-action Peter PanA Ghost Story is being described as a return to independent cinema after some of these big box office endeavors. Lowery has recently worked with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck on Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.

Currently listed as Untitled David Lowery Project on IMDb, little is known about A Ghost Story. While Sundance’s press release contains ample information about nearly all of the other films that will be screening, its write up for this film is elusive and mysterious:

“This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.”

Regardless, numerous folks who report on horror-related news are discussing this development, in hopes that the festival will feature some scares with this film (slow news week *cough* *cough*). Rooney Mara is known for taking on edgy and risky roles (The Girl With the Dragon TattooSide Effects), and one of the images released so far suggests a dark and eerie atmosphere. However, the second image released suggests this film could have more in common with Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg (a film that I remember begging my parents to rent at the video store in 1991, thinking it was a horror movie because of its title):

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck appear in A Ghost Story by David Lowery, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute | photo by Andrew Droz Palermo.

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck appear in A Ghost Story by David Lowery, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute | photo by Andrew Droz Palermo.

All will be revealed on January 19th-29th at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Salt Lake City. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information about this ghost and the house he haunts as it becomes available.

John Evans
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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