Fango has learned that cameras are set to roll on THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, the long-awaited screen adaptation of Jack Ketchum's lurid and notorious 1989 novel. Once, albeit briefly, set up as a directing vehicle for Stuart Gordon (who has also been developing another Ketchum property with little success at finding production funding, LADIES' NIGHT), GIRL begins shooting on various New Jersey locations for the Moderncine company next week.
HEADSPACE director Andrew van den Houten pulled this one out of development hell, raising a sufficient budget to not only shoot GIRL, but keep it a period piece in order to remain faithful to the source material. Gregory Wilson, a Spike Lee protégé who previously helmed 2001’s HOME INVADERS, is directing from a script by Dan Farrands and Fango contributor Phil Nutman. An early draft of their screenplay has found itself circulating in many horror circles over the years, eliciting a largely positive reaction.
INDEPENDENCE DAY’s Mae Whitman is slipping into the tortured role of Meg, while the truly disturbed Aunt Ruth is being embodied by actress Blanche Baker—perhaps you remember her as the valium-loaded bride in SIXTEEN CANDLES? Further cast details are forthcoming, and you can be sure we'll bring you more details as they come in!