Joe Dante jumps into The Hole like a Bat Out of Hell

The legendary Joe Dante has signed onto two feature film projects after a decade largely spent directing TV. (His last feature was 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and before that it was 1998’s Small Soldiers.) Variety has reported that Dante has signed with Parallel Zide and VooDoo Productions for Bat Out of Hell, while Shock Till You Drop scored the exclusive on his signing for The Hole.

Bat Out of Hell will be shot from a script by Drew McWeeny (a.k.a. AICN’S Moriarty) and Scott Swan about “a red-eye flight from L.A. to New York during which hijackers confront the monstrous cargo.”

The Hole is from a script by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) and centers on a family “on the run from their past, who seek shelter in a house where an ominous hole is discovered in the basement.” The film is apparently targeting a PG-13 rating.

Dante’s daunting resumé includes the Roger Corman “classic” Piranha, the werewolf classic (no quotes, because it’s awesome) The Howling, Explorers, and The ‘burbs with Tom Hanks, but he’s probably best known for the Gremlins films and Small Soldiers. (I also have a soft place in my heart for Matinee, a love letter to 50’s B-movies featuring John Goodman.)

It’s not clear which of the two projects will head into production first.

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 15:41 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Pete
    on 2008-05-15 at 17:12
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    Don’t forget Innerspace!

    Sorry, I’m a Joe Dante fan. ;-)

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