Per Deadline we’ve learned that Screen Gems has set Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn to star in the exorcism flick Beware the Night. The film that re-teams Clint Culpepper’s Sony-based company with The Exorcism of Emily Rose tandem of Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman. The flick is a paranormal thriller that will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Derrickson will direct a script he and Boardman wrote and shooting will begin May 20 in the Bronx.
Bana plays an Irish Catholic cop working a case when he meets a renegade priest. Despite the cop’s beliefs, he’s convinced by the priest that there is a demonic element and together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them.
Ramirez is set to play the priest while Munn will take on the role of the cop’s wife, who also has a tie to the case. Screen Gems is hopeful that this will eventually turn itself into a franchise. Here’s what Bruckheimer himself had to say on the film:
Beware The Night is a project we’ve been developing for many years, confident that a story which combines the paranormal with a gritty New York City police story is both original and strongly appealing to audiences,” Bruckheimer said. “We’re excited to work with Culpepper and his team at Screen Gems, and director Scott Derrickson, who has emerged as a uniquely talented filmmaker with the ability to both entertain and terrify audiences in equal measure. We’re also thrilled to have Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn, three really fine actors whose strongly defined roles in Beware The Night will allow them to give full range to their skills.
I’d have to agree with him here. Blending the gritty police story with a paranormal element is definitely appealing and they’ve got one hell of a talented line-up from the floor up so this one is defintely worth keeping a close eye on.