Mark Romanek Set To Direct ‘Mother Land’ For Lionsgate

An award-winning director perhaps best known for his successes in the music industry will return to feature films with a horror entry for Lionsgate and 21 Laps.

Mark Romanek–who already has 20 MTV Music Video Awards and three Grammys on his shelf–will helm the horror film Mother Land, according to Deadline, his first feature in 11 years.

But the filmmaker is hardly a stranger to genre movies. Romanek was tied to both The Wolfman in 2007 and The Strangers in 2008, but bowed out of both horror projects due to creative differences and budgetary problems. He also directed One Hour Photo (2002), a film starring Robin Williams that put Romanek on the directorial map.

Mother Land is described as a horror/thriller that deals with a family “that has been haunted by evil spirits for years. Their safety and surroundings come into question when one of the children questions if the evil is real.”

The film–written by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby–is being produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen (from Netflix’ Stranger Things). No details on casting or production schedules have been released at this time.

Lionsgate president of motion picture production Erin Westerman seemed thrilled with the feature and the choice of director. “To have Mark Romanek board this project says everything you need to know about the quality of this material and where we are taking it tonally and artistically,” she said.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on Mother Land.

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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