Legendary Entertainment has found the man to lead its upcoming Sasquatch horror movie Devolution out of the wilderness.
The big-screen project–announced a year ago here in Horror News Network–will adapt Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by World War Z author Max Brooks. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, James Ashcroft is on board to direct the feature.
Ashcroft–the actor/director who helmed Coming Home in the Dark, a recent Sundance Film Festival entry that was picked up by Netflix–will also work on the script with his writing partner Eli Kent.
The Devolution novel–published by Del Rey last year–tells the story of a community in the deep forests of Washington state that becomes isolated by a natural disaster. The people have to contend first with being cut off from the modern world, and then with an attack from a pack of Sasquatch creatures.
In the novel, Brooks–the son of entertainment legends Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft–examines the Greenloop massacre through the journals of Mount Rainier resident Kate Holland. The author combines Holland’s note with his own investigations to delve into the strange stories surrounding Bigfoot.
The upshot of everyone’s efforts is that–if Holland’s accounts are to be believed–the monstrous creature of myth and legend may, in fact, exist.
No casting or production schedules have yet been announced, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Devolution.