Keri Russell, the former star of Felicity and Mission: Impossible 3, has officially joined the sci-fi horror film Dark Skies for director Scott Stewart. She will play the lead in the low-budget thriller.
Stewart will work from a script that he wrote, and given the scale of his previous films—Legion in 2009, and 2011’s Priest—it seems like Dark Skies will be a step down budget wise. Dimension Films will distribute, and Blumhouse and Alliance Films will produce. Blumhouse is known for taking projects with limited funds, like the Paranormal Activity movies and Insidious, and turning them into big time moneymakers. Russell is a name we know, but not necessarily a big star that costs a big wad of cash at this stage in her career, and this move is right in Jason Blum’s wheelhouse.
There isn’t a lot known about the plot of Dark Skies. According to Bloody Disgusting, “the horror flick focuses on a 6-year-old boy who’s apparently been ‘marked’ by an alien (living among us) for future abduction.” Russell will play the mother of the boy, while Daniel Barrett will play the father, and the film will touch on themes of child abuse—did the parents make these “marks” on the kid, or was it really aliens?
What do you think about this? I’m always game for a no-budget, horror-themed, alien invasion joint. Maybe it’ll be astounding how terrible it is, but there is some definite potential in this idea, to be sure. And perhaps Stewart, a former visual effects guy, can bring a nice visual sensibility to a smaller production.