Saturday, May 14, 2011

B is for Banjong in The ABC's of Death

After directing the hit romantic comedy Guan Muen Ho (Hello Stranger), Banjong Pisanthanakun will return to the horror genre with 25 other directors in the international anthology project The ABC's of Death.

Initiated by Alamo Drafthouse, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing, the project assigns a letter of the English alphabet that represents a word to act as a springboard for a short story of death.

"It is up to each filmmaker to interpret the letter they are assigned to create a celebration of death from the accidental to murder most foul. The sum of these parts, from A to Z, will be The ABC's of Death," says the press release.

It's not stated at this time what letter will be assigned to Banjong, the co-director of the hit GTH horror thrillers Shutter and Alone as well as the director of the comic segments of GTH's Phobia and Phobia 2 horror-shorts anthologies.

Other directors taking part in the project include Indonesia's Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) and Japan's Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura (Yakuza Weapon).

In all, 25 established directors and emerging new filmmakers are being chosen with the 26th spot being held open for the winner of a worldwide competition to find a new filmmaking talent.

Production is set to begin next month, with completion slated for January 2012, six months, six weeks and six days after the start date.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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