Venkman here - It seems Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to a novel by David Moody called 'Hater'. The film will be produced by Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro. The plot of this story is crazy, and scary for the fact that this could be where our society is headed. Here is the plot of 'Hater':
Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning. Their attacks are brutal, remorseless and extreme. There are no apparent links between the Haters or their victims and no obvious reason for their violence. In seconds rational, controlled people become vicious killers. Everyone - irrespective of race, gender, age, sexuality or any other imaginable difference - has the potential to become either a Hater or a victim. This is a terror which knows no boundaries. You can no longer trust anyone, no matter how well you think you know them. You can no longer trust yourself. By the end of today you could be a killer. By the end of today you could be dead.
This is going to be one dark and disturbing film, one that I am sure will have a lot of controversy surrounding it. This is the perfect movie that people can point their fingers at and blame for the downfall of our society. It should be a pretty solid and good film with Del Toro behind it. Here is what Del Toro say's about hater and how it will effect 'The Hobbit':
"What I loved about 'Hater' is it recognizes the reality that we live in, where it is incredibly easy to polarize, to hate for gender, race, age,"
"I'll carry my weight on the creative side, in choosing elements and storyboarding, but it will be up to Mark and the director we choose to execute the day to day," he said. "The Hobbit" is a "monumental task, and I don't want to do anything that detracts from my attention to that."
Pre-production is about to get under way on the two-part "Hobbit." Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to pen the scripts under the direction of Peter Jackson and del Toro. Preliminary contact has already been made with at least three actors whose "Lord of the Rings" characters also appear in the "Hobbit" storyline: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).
"We will all be involved in the script in some fashion but the exact definition is about a week away, " said del Toro. "I am all for keeping the actors who originated the parts, as much as availability and their willingness will allow."
So we also get some info on 'The Hobbit' Movies as well. Viggo will be back! thats news I didn't know until I read this article in Variety. 'Hater' also will not get in the way of 'The Hobbit' production. This is some really interesting information on Del Toro's upcoming projects. I can't wait to see how they all turn out.