Steve Niles and Breehn Burns’ 2004 horror comic Aleister Arcane is heading to the big screen, with none other than Jim Carrey set to star.
Variety reports that Hostel and The Green Inferno‘s Eli Roth will direct Carrey in the movie, which “centers on a group of children who befriend a bitter old man ruined and shunned by their parents. After his death, only they have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town.”
It was also announced that Roth had signed on to direct the troubled Death Wish remake, which had passed through the hands of Narc and The Grey‘s Joe Carnahan and the Big Bad Wolves team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. It’s not clear which will get going first, but Aleister Arcane has also been in the works for a long time.
Carrey will produce the film as well as star in it, and Jon Croker (The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, Desert Dancer) will be writing the screenplay. Carrey’s not been seen on screen since Dumb & Dumber To, but he does have gritty drama True Crimes on the way, as well as Ana Lily Amirpour’s (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) cannibal love story The Bad Batch, which we cannot bloody wait for.
This sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and we’re definitely due more films based on Steve Niles’ work. 30 Days Of Night is still one of the best modern vampire movies, so fingers crossed for this one.
Per Variety, the comic “focused on a local TV horror host Aleister Arcane, who’s forced off the air due to the wishes of parents in an Oklahoma community. In the wake of Arcane’s unplanned retirement, unexplained terror and horror beset the town.”
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