Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films, Andrew Stark's Rook Films, Elijah Wood's SpectreVision and Sightseers and Kill List director Ben Wheatley are all teaming up to produce The Greasy Strangler, the feature directorial debut of Jim Hosking, who has previously directed a segment for DHF and Timpsons' ABCs of Death 2 and a 2010 Fantastic Fest short called Renegades.
Drafthouse Films Chief Operating Officer James Shapiro tells us,
It's just cool for us to be doing a project that is with Elijah's company, with Ant's company, and with Ben Wheatley and Andy Stark's companies. It's like a dream team of these creative entities. We've always tried to work on something together, and this is the first time. And this is something that was born out of Fantastic Fest, because all of these relationships came out of Fantastic Fest.
We became aware of Jim because his short, Renegades, played gangbusters at the 2010 fest. This is exactly what Fantastic Fest is there for, to discover new talent and then to try and take that and push it all to the next level.
Check out Renegades below, and then read on for more details from Deadline!
Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Drafthouse Films are teaming up with Rook Films (Sightseers, The Duke of Burgundy) and Timpson Films (The ABCs of Death) to produce The Greasy Strangler, the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking (The ABCs of Death 2).
The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’
Hosking wrote the script with Toby Harvard, his co-writer on the delightfully bizarre ABCs of Death 2 anthology segment G is for Grandad. SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will produce along with Andrew Starke of Rook Films and Ant Timpson of Timpson Films. Kill List, Sightseers, and Doctor Who director Ben Wheatley and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League are aboard as executive producers.
Pic marks the latest creative collaboration borne of the Drafthouse-backed Fantastic Fest, where The ABCs of Death 2 premiered in September and League, Timpson, Wood & Co. confab annually over beers, BBQ, and the latest in boundary-pushing genre films. Hosking is a commercials vet who also helmed the comedy miniseries Privado for Channel 4 in the UK, and his short films are already well known on the festival scene; check out Renegades, which played Sundance, and The Importance of Awards in Advertising: a Talk by M. Villivankk. below for a taste.
“When Ant Timpson sent us Jim and Toby’s script, we all agreed that it was the most disgusting, vile, and all-around grotesquely hilarious piece of cinema we’d ever read, with imagery we will likely never dislodge from our tender, greasy brains,” Wood said in a statement. “And that is why it must exist!”
Filming begins in LA this spring.