Remember Lights Out, the terrifyingly good short film by director David Sandberg that went viral a few years ago? Yes, that word-less three-minute video that features a woman who is being haunted by an unknown figure in the dark?
Apparently, Lights Out is now a full-length horror film starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello. As a nod to David Sandberg?s original version, it also features Lotta Losten, the same actress who appeared in the short film.
Lights Out got the big-screen treatment, thanks to producers Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, and James Wan, who helmed such movies as The Conjuring 2, Insidious 1 and 2, and Furious 7. And to preserve the charm of the original, James Wan brought in David Sandberg as the director.
In his interview with the Los Angeles Times, James Wan, who sits as producer for Lights Out, shared how he stumbled upon David Sandberg?s short film. It was his co-producer Lawrence Grey who suggested to him to find out if Lights Out (the short film) was worth turning into a good full-length horror film.
After meeting David Sandberg, James Wan was convinced that Lights Out is something that they could bankroll on.
“He had a lot of really smart things to say. I saw a lot of him in the younger version of me. You feel like you have a lot to prove, you’ve nothing to lose, you’re new to the scene, you don’t know anything better, you’re young and naive. He also did a lot of things that I used to do. I would edit things, I would draw things to try and get people excited about my projects.”
James Wan was particularly impressed with how David Sandberg would treat each scene.
“This guy has what it takes, and it’s really hard to find filmmakers that get these things. People think it’s easy to make a horror movie that works. It’s not, that’s why there’s a lot of crap out there. To find a director that gets this stuff I go, ‘All right, this is what we’ll do. We’ll support him, we’ll give him the tools, we’ll give him a bit of the money that he needs to make the movie, we’ll surround him with a good crew. And hopefully that will let him be creative as he can be.'”
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