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 Pan. A 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 Tattoo, Side 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):
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.