Len Wiseman Set to Direct Supernatural Thriller That Is Not An ‘Underworld’ Film

By April 22, 2014
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Director Len Wiseman sure knows his way around a supernatural thriller – after all, the director did create the apparently-still-going Underworld franchise – and now he is about to jump back into the genre with something brand new.

Variety reports that Wiseman, who last directed that Total Recall remake it might be best to forget, will next helm Black Chapter, a brand new supernatural thriller that he conceived of alongside Zak Penn, who has written the script. As of now, all we know about the film is a relatively simple plotline: it “follows a FBI agent who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.”

So it’s like The X-Files, if the government bigwigs actually cared about Fox Mulder and encouraged his obsessions?

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The film will reportedly blend both sci-fi storytelling and the spy genre, which certainly sounds promising. Wiseman obviously has strong supernatural roots, but he’s also been known to flex some action-heavy muscles, in films like Total Recall and Live Free or Die Hard, though neither of those outings were particularly well-received or exceptionally original (one is a remake, one is a bad sequel), so perhaps returning to original story roots is a good move for Wiseman.

The involvement of Penn is similarly intriguing. The screenwriter has been very busy over the last few years with big-time comic book properties, from a pair of X-Men movies (X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) to some Marvel outings like The Incredible Hulk and an early crack at the script for The Avengers before Joss Whedon came in and made that film his own. But Penn also has a sense of humor about things – he previously wrote the story for Last Action Hero and PCU – and we’d love to see that sort of sensibility injected into Black Chapter.

There’s no word on what sort of casting the film will require or when it will start shooting.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • The Total Recall remake was so bad, it soured me on any Len Wiseman project for a long time.