Conan's Marcus Nispel Directing Something Involving Backs, Masks

May 9, 2011

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Friday the 13th (2009) director Marcus Nispel's latest remake, Conan the Barbarian, still has another three months before audiences are exposed to a decidedly less-Austrian take on the character, but already Nispel is ready to move on to a new project--and it's one that won't even require a parenthetical mention of year-of-release! Working from an original idea of his own, cinema's one-man cover band will next direct a horror film called Backmask. The apparent transient/Will Ferrell character/Kris Kristofferson? will be shooting this one for a budget of only $10 million, from a script by Kirsten Elms, and with a producer from Paranormal Activity and Insidious who will bring along his talent at making low-budget horror almost offensively profitable. Nispel refrained from revealing exactly what "Backmask" refers to, but did mention the film involves "paranoia, possession and the paranormal." And it better also involve a mask that, when wore on the rear torso, creates a grotesque living face that demands to be fed human souls, or we all want our moneys back.

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