After finishing the first draft of the script with co-writer Ben Brezinski in 2004, Zahn's little horror movie became more ambitious after it was mentioned in horror geek bible, Fangoria. ... they sealed distribution with Echelon Entertainment and are slated for an April '07 release.
The rabid interest has also brought talks of ancillary opportunities like a comic book series that would fill in the gaps between the trilogy and a video game. What's made Zahn most excited though is the fan base that's been created (he says they've sold merchandise to 17 countries). But he knows his "little empire" rests heavily on this film. "I have to make a damn good movie on many different levels because this is the movie that can make or break me." If all goes according to plan parts two and three will be shot back-to-back in the spring of 2007.
Budgeted at over $10 million, the seven week shoot begins in Chicago at the end of July. ... FX will be done by Precinct 13 Entertainment ("The Devil's Rejects," "Hostel") and John Roome from The Orb has signed on to do the original score. Matt Pletcher is producing.