David F. Sandberg is set to make a return to the horror genre with The Unsound, a horror film that Netflix has acquired in a heated bidding war. Based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole, The Unsound movie follows a psychiatrist who returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient.
Deadline reports that Netflix has landed the feature film rights to The Unsound, which will be helmed by David F. Sandberg in the Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director’s return to the horror genre. But Sandberg will be sticking for now with the comic book genre, as The Unsound is based on the graphic novel by The Sixth Gunn and Harrow County writer Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole. Bunn and Cole’s graphic novel follows a nurse who signs up to work at a psychiatric hospital where strange occurrences begin to take place. Here is the synopsis for the upcoming feature film via Deadline:
In The Unsound, a psychiatrist returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient, hoping to quell a bloody wave of horror that’s been unleashed. As she descends down the rabbit hole and discovers hard truths about her own past, she comes to understand the hospital is hiding secrets of its own, and perhaps she and her mother have more in common than she realized.
The adaptation will be penned by Skylar James, whose script 29 Mole Street topped the BloodList and Hit List. Sandberg and his longtime collaborator Lotta Losten will produce via their new production company Mangata alongside BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Adam Yoelin and James are executive producers.
20th Century Fox acquired a minority stake in BOOM!, which has the largest library of comic book titles outside of Marvel and DC, in 2017, but the deal was put on hold following the Disney/Fox merger. Though the deal remains under Disney, it seems BOOM! is now taking feature adaptations of its title into its own hands with The Unsound. Sandberg is an inspired choice for the film as well. His debut film Lights Out put his name on the map, becoming a surprise hit that grossed $148 million worldwide. It would land him in the diretor’s chair for Annabelle: Creation before he made a heel-turn to helm the sincere and light-hearted Warner Bros. superhero movie Shazam! It will be interesting to see Sandberg make a return to horror, however, especially with Netflix backing it the film.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...