Prequels, sequels, originals in the works
Expanding on Shock’s talk with Joel Silver where the super-producer prophesized a future where Dark Castle would explore the direct-to-video market, Variety reports those flirtations are being fully realized.
Dark Castle has come a long way from merely being an outlet through which William Castle remakes (like House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts) were made. Silver is now working with Warner Premiere to deliver a line of Dark Castle productions whose intentions are manifold.
Upcoming films will tap a wellspring of hungry directors looking for their big break and titles released through the banner can be prequels or sequels to existing films. For example, this October’s Return to House on Haunted Hill (pictured). The sequel will be released DTV and will offer viewers a chance to lead the plot to a variety of different outcomes through the technological wonders of DVD.
Other projects in the works include the supernatural Widow Whisps, Odds and Cheerleaders in Trouble – a throwback to ’80s slasher fare. Budgets will range between $15 to $40 million.