Clive Barker, Project Greenlight Looking For Next Horror Master

By February 1, 2017

Clive Barker would probably like to make the dreams come true for many aspiring film directors. But at least for now, he’s going to try and give a big boost to one.

Barker, the man behind the entire Hellraiser film series, will personally work with one contest-winning director to bring their horror project to life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will get a $300,000 production budget, all part of the latest offering from Project Greenlight Digital Studios.

“When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me. Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder (TV) is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in finding the new horror icon. 

“This is also a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time.”

The studio is an off-shoot of the former HBO show Project Greenlight, and continues to include the partners behind the project in finding what they hope are the next generation of filmmakers. They have produced a number of projects over the years, including Gay DivorceCoffee Everyday and Bison Island.

Project Greenlight will start accepting pitches uploaded to its website Feb. 13, and continue to take them until March 17. The pitches must be between one and three minutes, and be an original horror concept.

From there, 10 semi-finalists will be selected, voted on by both the public and a judging panel. The winner of the audience vote will advance, as well as four others chosen by the judges. The five finalists will receive funding to shoot a short scene of their project.

Then after a June creative retreat, one winner will be selected to develop their film with Barker as an executive producer.

Shudder is a streaming service specializing in horror and suspense, while Adaptive Studios is known as the producer behind HBO’s Project Greenlight, which won an Emmy in 2016.

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