Randy Queen's Darkchylde has been in limbo for about the past three years and finally we have word that Weta Digital has done some test footage for the long-delayed film project based on the mid-nineties comic book.
Queen recently told Newsarama this;
"What we're showcasing for Newsarama readers is hard won, self produced, test footage for a proposed 20-25 million budgeted Darkchylde film. We are the underdogs, so it's important to not expect Avatar or Iron Man footage, you know? We're giving a glimpse behind the curtain of a smaller, more intimate horror film we are cultivating, something on the scale of Carrie, but with a more impressive FX resource for Ariel's dreamscapes and the creatures she becomes. If I can draw it, we can shoot it, it's just a matter of getting the right people involved. I'm not interested in having someone give me a nickel to go away so they can reverse engineer something that doesn't need it. We've spent 8 years carefully cultivating this film project, and Weta's celebrated craftsmanship ensures a certain artistic integrity as a personal sentiment for horror fans. A lot of love has gone into creating the haunted world of Ariel Chylde. Most interesting is that every time she sheds her skin, a new creature emerges we've never seen before, so audiences never know what to expect. It's a terrific, market proven concept, and as a fright fan, I want to see the new ideas. I want to see fresh characters that could become as vital to this generation as Freddy, Jason and Michael were to mine, and at this budget level, well crafted horror shows terrific return. We've got the script. Darkchylde is ready to fly. We are actively seeking producing partners and independent financing."
You can watch the test video here