You gotta admire a guy who directs one of last year's biggest superhero blockbusters and then follows it up with a low-budget horror movie... Director Joe Johnston, who helmed the Marvel Studios hit Captain America (and cut his horror chops on Jurassic Park III and The Wolfman), has just signed on to direct the micro-budgeted thriller Not Safe for Work. Details after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Johnston "has boarded Not Safe For Work, a micro-budgeted thriller from micro-budget master Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Pictiures. NSFW is set up at Universal via Blumhouse' first-look deal with the studio."
"Written by British scribes Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, NSFW centers on a young paralegal who is trapped in the office with a killer on a mission to destroy files for another corporation.
"Couper Samuelson is exec producing while Bryan Brucks is co-producing.
"Taking on the movie is a radical move for Johnston, who is normally working with budgets of over $100 million while juggling special effects shots. America's budget was in the $140 million range and among Johnston's other credits are Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman and Jumanji. He also directed the fan-favorite comic adaptation, The Rocketeer. NSFW's is being made for $2.5 million.
"While Johnston may appreciate the challenge of the down-sizing of the production, he will also likely appreciate the rewards, too. The director may not be making studio bucks on the project but will take part in the back-end should the movie hit big.
"With NSFW and its burgeoning film slate, Blumhouse is expanding its film division, appointing Jeanette Volturno-Brill head of physical production and Samuelson to executive vp of production.
"Volturno-Brill previously line-produced a number of films for Blumhouse including Paranormal Activity1, 2and 3, Insidious andThe Bay. She also worke for Sony ImageWorks and Ridley Scott's Mill Films."