French horror maestro Alexandre Aja has been pretty content to direct and/or produce remakes since breaking through with "High Tension" all the way back in 2004. Since then, he's been behind the updates of "The Hills Have Eyes," "Mirrors," "Piranha," and "Maniac," but he's set to return to semi-original work with an adaptation of Joe Hill's "Horns."
"Horns" centers on man who finds himself suspected of the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Not only that, but he also awakens one day to find that he's growing horns from his head, and they grant him the preternatural ability to "drive people to confess their sins and give in to their impulses."
This newfound gift ends up being a blessing that helps him unravel the mystery behind his girlfriend's death, but I'm guessing it also ends up being a curse in some way. Daniel Radcliffe will star as the protagonist, who is named Ignatius "Ig" Perrish in the novel.
Radcliffe, who has seemingly turned himself over to the horror genre after his time at Hogwarts, recently spoke to EW about the role, which he describes as "deeply emotional and also incredibly outrageous in some ways." He added that "it was very, very exciting" to "play somebody who, in the midst of a time in his life of great turmoil anyway, undergoes this horrific transformation into a devil character."
Novelist Hill's name likely isn't all that familiar until you realize that it's a pseudonym taken up by Joseph King, son of Stephen King, who needs no introduction. It looks like Joe has entered the family business and has a similar taste for the macabre.
Interestingly enough, Aja was once attached to direct another adaptation of King's "Pet Sematary," but it seems as though that project has stalled for now. Instead, he'll be delivering something a little fresh after spending so many years re-treading familiar ground.
"Horns" is currently shooting and is eyeing a 2013 release date.
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