Disney has been going trigger happy with their acquisition and production of Live-Action re-tellings of their animated works due to the overwhelming popularity of Maleficent & Cinderella these past two years. So their roster of films currently includes The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, and Cinderella’s Prince. Yeah you saw that right, The Prince is getting a prequel live-action, but they aren’t stopping there.
Tobe Hooper, best known for the horror classics The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist in linked to direct a new horror film, Djinn. The film’s story is set in Abu Dhabi and will be filmed on location. According the /Film the press release describes Djinn as a,
…unique new take on the haunted house thriller uncovers the dark truth behind classic fairytales of the Genie” and tells a story about “the nightmarish story of a young Emirati couple who return home from the U.S. and discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise built on the site of an abandoned fishing village is also home to the malevolent beings known as Djinn.”
Color me intrigued. I know most Americans won’t associate genies with characters inhabiting a horror film so it will be interesting to see how well this film will be received. Will we see familiar elements of the genie story? For example were these genies once contained and are now free, or were they always roaming destructive spirits? If you’re a fan of the Bill Willingham’s comic, Fables you know how dangerous a genie can be if you’re last wish isn’t to put him back in the bottle. Maybe someone forgot that important rule and that’ s why these djinn are on the loose. Who knows, speculation can be rampant for this film since so little is known. For one thing, a malevolent genie is really effin’ scary, they have unlimited power! For a fresh spin on the movie monster I think djinn’s are a great choice.