Say it ain’t so! For better or worse, it appears that the directing duo known as Neveldine/Taylor have decided to go their separate ways, each branching out to direct a movie on their own. Fortunately, this does not appear to be a result of a disagreement or falling out but rather a desire to try something new and potentially grow as filmmakers. Last year we learned that Brian Taylor would be writing and directing a Twisted Metal movie for Sony based on the popular video game series. While that makes a lot of sense based on his experience with insane action movies like the Crank series, Mark Neveldine’s own solo effort is a little more surprising. This week it has been announced that he will take on a supernatural thriller called The Vatican Tapes.
According to Variety, Lakeshore Entertainment has set Neveldine to direct The Vatican Tapes, a project that has been in development since 2009. Based on a script written by Christopher Borrelli (The Marine 2), it has been described as being “similar to The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby“. The title obviously implies that it will be shot at least partially using a found footage aesthetic but that has yet to be confirmed.
The movie seems intended to capitalize on the recent exorcism movie trend after the success of movies like The Last Exorcism, The Devil Inside and The Rite. Coincidentally, The Devil Inside director William Brent Bell is also working on a movie called The Vatican. Either way, it sounds like this will be a low budget flick on a much smaller scale than Brian Taylor’s Twisted Metal adaptation. Are you interested in The Vatican Tapes? Which project do you think has the most potential for success?