Iconic horror actress Danielle Harris (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Hatchet franchise) will be stepping out of the actor’s spotlight and jumping behind the lens alongside legendary director Joe Dante for the upcoming Sequel, an all-female slasher film.
Though plot details remain under wraps, the title suggests a satirical shredding of the horror industry’s "final girl" trope.
An endearing note, this won’t be the first time the duo has paired. In 1991, Dante cast a thirteen-year-old Danielle Harris in the celebrated "Eerie Indiana" series, the two having remained in touch since. Dante’s Renfield Productions has more recently cast Harris in the lead role beside Chad Michael Murray in Shriekfest’s 2018 Best Horror winner, Camp Cold Brook.
The press release offers up more details, "Written by notable British scribe James Moran ("Doctor Who", "Torchwood", Severance), Sequel promises to be a brash, unashamed spectacle led by an all-star cast of take-no-prisoner heroines, and presented by a high-caliber lineup of filmmakers."
"There is currently no date set for production on Sequel, but Renfield anticipates that cameras will roll by the second or third quarter of 2021."
"Our team knew immediately James [Moran] was rewriting the rules. It’s like he combined Charlie’s Angels and Scream together to get this entirely fresh subgenre of female action slasher. It’s hilarious and adrenalizing - a dragon only Danielle can tame," said producer Mark Alan.
"Sequel is an ambitious undertaking, but it's in good hands with a pro like Danielle at the helm. I've watched her literally grow up on film and it's about time she got behind the camera to use all the expertise she's picked up along the way. She's intelligent, level headed and clearly qualified to solve the myriad problems a director encounters while making a film," Dante adds.
Danielle says of the film, "I knew as soon as I finished reading the first act that Sequel was the perfect fit for me. I could finally bring all of my experiences in the horror genre behind the camera and into these exceptionally written final girl characters. I’ve been on the hunt for a story that had strong female leads and was intelligent and darkly comedic. I just didn’t want to do anything paranormal since we have enough real-life evil without having to go make shit up. If I’m going to spend the next two years of my life on a film, it has to be fun - and this story has it all. With Joe Dante and Mark Alan by my side, we’re gonna kill it."