Everyone is getting in on the business of low-budget horror films. With the Paranormal Activity franchise mastering the craft, other efforts such as The Devil Inside, along with future filmsChernobyl Diaries, a Vatican project from the director of Devil, and more. And yet, none of them have completely taken different ideas from the supernatural genre. Now, Dimension Films is developing their own low-budget genre feature, this time revolving around the idea of vampires.
Deadline reports the studio has picked up Garden District, a script from Tony Jaswinski & Luke Goltz that follows in the line of Paranormal Activity, while also having the ability to fall directly under as a found-footage film as well. The story follows “a trio of self-declared mythbusters who get in over their heads while investigating what they think is just another hoax. It involved a mysterious video of a vampire’s execution that goes viral, and the mythbusters head to New Orleans to see if it’s phony.”
Produced by David Kirschner and Corey Sienega, Matt Signer will oversee the producer from the studio. There’s no word yet as to when the film is aiming for release, but it could be anywhere within the next year or so. Obviously, a director and cast will have to follow soon enough, but the film is currently in very early development. With the setting in New Orleans, the movie could very easily be shot on location as well.
In the world of found-footage, the vampire aspect is very much a new twist, and with the supernatural species a hit at the box office, Dimension could indeed pull off a new series if successful. Vampires nowadays are known more to sparkle and romance young girls rather than actually prove to be a formidable foe, so perhaps a dive into the topic via a bloody found-footage horror film will revitalize the age-old creatures.