Elijah Wood is set to produce a new zombie film through his production company SpectreVision, which specializes in developing horror genre films. The movie is called Curse the Darkness, and it's described as an "anthropological zombie film, and will take its cues from purported real-life roots of zombie, which involved chemically-induced slavery widely practiced by plantation owners around the Haitian Revolution of 1803."
The producers of the film released a statement explaining that the story is “set against the modern day backdrop of undocumented workers laboring in the Louisiana sugarcane fields, the story is a terrifying look at the systematic exploitation of the labor force by large corporate entities, as well as a portrait of the plight of undocumented workers in the United States.”
Wood had this to say in a statement:
“We always said we wanted to stay away from the zombie genre, as it’s been so well covered, but when we read Brandon’s script, we encountered a take on the genre that simply had to be realized. Curse the Darkness is both a chilling exercise in horror and an incisive polemic against the conditions of illegal immigrants in this country.”
Jorge Michel Grau is set to direct the project from a screenplay by Brandon Maurice Williams. The movie will start production on October 27th in Louisiana and it's currently casting.