Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass have signed on for the horror-thriller Reawakening, according to a Monday report from The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the website, David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) will direct from a Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater script.
The plot will focus on a research team that stumbles upon a way to resurrect the dead. After the death of the lead doctor’s daughter, the serum gets its first test subject with a terrifying outcome.
It’s still too early to tell which characters the pair will be playing as Monday was the first public acknowledgement of the project.
As far as the writing credits go, a quick look at IMDb turns up only one credit for Jeremy Slater, and that is an un-produced Fantastic Four script that won’t become a reality until 2015.
However, Variety observed that the plot plays out like a fresh take on the Frankenstein novel.
If that’s what Lionsgate is going for, they’re in good company.
I, Frankenstein has a release date in sight, and Fox has also announced plans for a Frankenstein-themed project. Earlier this year, there was even the first found footage horror film for Mary Shelley’s most famous creation (Frankenstein Theory).
Of course, considering the 3D printer and other gigantic technological leaps and bounds that have cropped up in the last 10 to 20 years, it’s no wonder our fascination with a story that pushes the boundaries of mankind’s abilities continues to fascinate.
As for Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, both actors have decided to make 2013 a busy year. Wilde has a total of eight projects set for a 2013 release date. The first of those has already come in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (yes, we know, 0 for 1).
Duplass has work on The Mindy Project and Maron for television and the feature films Parkland and Peachfuzz. He will also star with Melissa McCarthy in next year’s Tammy.