Edgar Wright Takes Reins Of Amblin’s ‘Stage 13’ Ghost Story

The director of the highly anticipated thriller Last Night in Soho this week signed on to helm Stage 13, a ghost story set during Hollywood’s Silent Era.

Edgar Wright not only will direct the new horror entry for Amblin Entertainment, but will also serve as executive producer for the project, as reported by movieweb.com.

Stage 13–based on a short story by Simon Rich–tells the chilling tale of a ghost of a silent film actress that has been haunting a movie soundstage for years. One day, the ghost runs into a struggling director and the two of them forge an unlikely friendship and decide to pool their resources.

The adaptation will be written by Rich, who also will act as a producer, along with Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

Rich–who has two novels and five short story collections under his belt–won the 2019 Thurber Prize for his Hits and Misses, a collection that includes the original Stage 13 story.

Unfortunately, horror fans will have to wait until Apr. 23, 2021 for Wright’s psychological horror/thriller Last Night in Soho, as reported here in Horror News Network. This film–the most recent effort of the director of Shaun of the Dead–follows a young girl passionate about fashion design who mysteriously finds herself in the Soho area of London in the 1960s. It’s there she meets her idol, a dazzling wanna-be singer, but this encounter leads to events with dire consequences.

In addition, Wright is lined up to direct the thriller The Chain, an adaptation of the best-selling novel from Universal Pictures. Jane Goldman will pen the screenplay, which deals with a bizarre “chain” of child kidnappings.

Wright said in a recent interview that he has always been “fascinated by horror films. (They) harbored a fascination for me and always have been something I’ve wanted to watch and wanted to make.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Stage 13 and any future projects from Edgar Wright.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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