You want more “found footage” horror? You got it! Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment are prepping development of a new thriller called The Vatican Tapes, about an exorcism gone awry. The story, which was conceived by Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast & Furious) and written by Chris Borrelli (The Marine 2), involves a tape that gets leaked from The Vatican with footage of this frightening exorcism. While it’s unclear if the entire movie will actually be the footage itself, this week they’ve announced that they’ve hired Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker James Marsh to direct it.
Marsh is best known for the fantastic 2008 doc Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers, but most recently he directed Red Riding: 1980, a fictionalized crime thriller about the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England. I have to admit, I really like the sound of this, but great documentary directors don’t always make fantastic horror flicks (see: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2). It also seems suspiciously similar to Eli Roth’s upcoming exorcism flick, Cotton, which is also being directed by someone with a background in documentaries. What do you think, does this sound promising, or at this point will it seem like just another Paranormal Activity knock off?