The Devil Inside Director to Helm The Vatican for Warner Bros.
01.10.12 by BJSprecher
Writer-director William Brent Bell's new supernatural horror movie, The Devil Inside, is the first break-out hit of 2012. The movie scared up $33.7 million in its opening weekend to become the third-hightest January opening ever, despite the absolute brutal beating it has been taking from critics — aggregate review site RottenTomatoes rates The Devil Inside as "Rotten," giving it a score of just 7% and calling it "a cheap, choppy unscary mess, featuring one of the worst endings in recent memory."
Earning 33-times its production budget in the opening weekend was not only good news for Paramount, but for Bell, as well, who has parlayed the success of The Devil Inside into a job directing The Vatican for Warner Bros.
According to Deadline, The Vatican is a "conspiracy-driven thriller...hybrid that uses some found-footage techniques," which makes Bell seem a perfect fit for the job — The Devil Inside was shot documentary-style and centers around a woman (Fernanda Andrade) who becomes involved in a series of exorcisms in order to find out why her mother (Suzan Crowley) murdered three people during her own exorcism. The Vatican script was written by neophyte screenwriter David Cohen, who wrote the horror-thriller No One Lives, which is currently in post-production. Deadline did not list a start date for the movie, though it is apparently being "fast-tracked" at Warner Bros.