In the ongoing world of bidding wars for movie scripts, Deadline reports that Universal has recently beat out 6 other studios for the rights to the horror thriller Grim Night, just in time for Halloween. This is coincidentally the first script bought from the writing duo of Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey and it sound like quite an ambitous one.
The premise for the script revolves around the mysterious creatures called Grims, who, for one night a year, globally torment humans, forcing them to protect themselves from the attacks. To sweeten the deal, the pair even created a teaser trailer to add to their pitch to pursuade a spark of interest among studios, which Universal certainly experienced, concidering the winning bid was in the 6 to 7 figures range.
Check out the teaser below:
From the video, I can’t help but think of Neil Blomkamp’s Alive In Johannesburg, a short film which later spawned the feature length imaginative Sci-fi film District 9, mixed with a supernatural version of Contagion. I for one have to applaud the writers for their creativity as well as Universal’s interest in an original idea, something that is becoming a serious issue in Hollywood, with an epidemic of enough sequels and remakes to make our headspin.
They may be too few and far between, but at least original ideas aren’t dead yet, and honestly I’m kind of excited to see how an actual film based on the premise would play out. It seems to have a great mix of fantasy and horror blended with reality, giving it actual potential for a thought provoking movie. So let’s take this moment to praise the heavens for granting us with the reality that originality sells and commerate Universal’s bold move to take on such a film. With that being said, definitely keep an eye out for Grim Night.