Joe Dante Will Take Horror Underground With LABIRINTUS

What's the over/under on that title being changed before this thing hits theaters?

Joe Dante has lined up his next project, a supernatural thriller by the name of Labirintus. Production is expected to begin sometime next spring, with a cast announced shortly thereafter. The project is being financed by Goldcrest, and it sounds like they'll be shopping the film around for distribution at the American Film Market. These are the facts as I understand them. Let us now commence with the editorialization:

1) Labirintus is not a great title. It doesn't roll off the tongue and is annoying to type (source: I have typed Labirintus four times in the past five minutes).

2) Look, we like Joe Dante. We want good things for Joe Dante. We all wish Joe Dante were working more often. And yet: have you seen Burying The Ex? How about The Hole?

3) Let's take a look at Variety's plot description for (sigh) Labirintus:

“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher, who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within Hungary’s Budapest Labyrinth, the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.

Like the lack of a distributor, the overwrought title, and my recent (aborted) attempt to make it through a screening of Burying The Ex, this plot description does not fill me with what you'd call "overwhelming confidence". What they're describing here is basically As Above So Below by way of Chernobyl Diaries and/or Entity.

All of that said: Joe Dante directed Innerspace, both Gremlins movies, The Howling, and The 'Burbs. Furthermore, that plot description does not strike me as particularly Dante-esque. Maybe there's more to this thing than they're letting on. Maybe this is the one where Dante gets his groove back. We'll have to wait and see. While we're waiting, please use the comments below for anything other than an ill-advised defense of Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

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