Sony Pictures took the film rights to Daniel Suarez's novel titled Influx. Zak Olkewicz will adapt the novel while David S. F. Wilson will direct the feature. Tony Shaw, Steve Tisch, Todd Black, and Jason Blumenthal are all producing the film.
Here is goodreads synopsis of Influx:
What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?
The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.
Are smart phones really humanity's most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century--fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances--have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960's failed to arrive?
Perhaps it did arrive...but only for a select few.
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Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics--the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.
They are living in our future.
Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?
And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?
Source material: Deadline.com
You're Home. Forever
Story line from IMDb(written by Sitges Film Festival): :
A young couple is thinking about buying their starter home. And to this end, they visit a real estate agency where they are received by a strange sales agent, who accompanies them to a new, mysterious, peculiar housing development to show them a single-family home. There they get trapped in a surreal, maze-like nightmare.
You're home. Forever. No pun intended here as we all hope each and everyone are staying safe and healthy during this trying times. In the meantime, take this moment to know Mr. Garret Shanley, the screenwriter of Vivarium. He has worked with the director, Mr. Lorcan Finnegan, on a previous movie titled Without Name. Vivarium is their second collaboration and it will be release on VOD on Friday, March 27th. So, chill for a sec and read how this talented screenwriter wrote a finely-crafted thriller.
1. In one sentence could you say what Vivarium is all about?
Vivarium is about an idea we had that an audience will have its own ideas about.
2. What was the writing process for you when working on Vivarium?
Like anything else, the idea was worked out and developed over drafts and notes and treatments. We lost our way at times, but found our way back. The script was in the works for many years, with potential backers becoming involved and adding suggestions. A lot of ideas came and went as Vivarium was developed. Some of the ideas were unnecessarily elaborate, but the last draft returned to the original idea.
Although infinite, the setting of Vivarium is very limited. The characters are in an inescapable trap. That’s the horror of Vivarium, but it’s also constraining. To tell a story of mystery solving and escape attempts would’ve diminished the (existential) dread of the predicament. Vivarium was a strange and challenging script to write. The characters are not entirely passive, but their situation is hopeless. It had to be that way or the essential horror of the concept would’ve been lost.
3. What research did you do when writing Vivarium?
The setting of Vivarium does not exist and the story is a fantasy. Unlike other scripts I’ve written, no research comes to mind. Some little stuff, here and there.
4. Were there other titles you came up with before Vivarium? If so, what were they?
It was called The Estate originally, but that was just a working title. We couldn’t think of a name until Cathal Duggan (who illustrated the boy’s book in the film and provided concept sketches) suggested Vivarium.
5. What is your favorite line from one of your screenplays?
I like typing ‘The End’ on the last page of the very last draft.
6. What film/s has most influenced your life?
If you mean my life and not my work, films like The Spirit of the Beehive, O Lucky Man!, Andrei Rublev, Persona and The Ascent come to mind for getting under my skin and influencing or depicting how I see or perceive the world. If you mean my work, the screenplays of Nigel Kneale, watching Doctor Who and British science fiction, horror and what they call ‘kitchen sink drama’ on telly since I was small, the films Don’t Look Now, The Innocents, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Taste of Honey, Jaws and lots of others, but I’ll quit now.
7. What are your thoughts on Jesse Eisenberg playing Tom and Imogen Poots playing Gemma in Vivarium? Did you meet them on set?
I have met both actors a handful of times on set and off. I couldn’t be more pleased with the performances. Jesse brings a lot of warmth and lovability to Tom, allowing the viewer to empathise with Tom even in his more aggressive and impulsive moments. Imogen realised Gemma perfectly and really communicated the horror of the situation. On set, I watched her perform a scene that is particularly harrowing for her character. She was so convincing, I felt we were unfair to put her through it. She’s a professional though and a gifted one. She was grand really; just doing her job, brilliantly. I love the other performances in the film too - Jonathan Aris, Eanna Hardwicke and young Senan Jennings - those fellas brought the funny/scary weirdness of Vivarium to the screen in grand style.
8. Were you ever on set for the making of Vivarium? If so, could you tell me what scene you were present at?
See above, the scene was the one where Gemma asks the child to pretend to be the person he met that day and he does and she freaks out. I didn’t spend much time on set. I just let everyone get on with it. I don’t like to hang around tripping over cables, annoying busy crew members like some bewildered, visiting dignitary.
9. How did you know you wanted to become a screenwriter?
I don’t know how I knew. Maybe I still don’t know if I do. I seem to like telling stories. Maybe it helps me make sense of the world and I find it cathartic. Sometimes I think it’s important to communicate with people through stories and images. Other times it seems silly. It’s a compulsion of some sort. I like playing a part in visual storytelling, although I wouldn’t mind having a crack at writing some kind of strange book before I perish.
10. Could you express your experience working with Mr. Lorcan Finnegan on this film?
Mr. Lorcan Finnegan is a wonderful man. I’ve artistically collaborated with a lot of people and enjoyed working with them all, but Lorcan and Cathal (who I’ve mentioned above) are the two people I’ve worked with most and for the longest time. I think Lorcan and I are on complimentary wavelengths. We enjoy sharing reference materials and that’s often how our stories originate. He’s also not averse to very long meandering conversations about all kinds of shite.
11. What was your very first short film? What were the challenges you face and how did you overcome them?
I wrote and directed a film called ‘The Loser Gene’ when I was a student. My cousin and friends crewed the film and made sure it all got shot. We used 16mm film and lost a can so we were down to a less than 2 for 1 shooting ratio. The others kept this a secret from me, which was a compassionate bit of cunning. It’s dodgy, student filmmaking, but I still like it and liked working with the actors. It’s very dark humour with infuriatingly long takes (on purpose). Consumerism and the suburbs are the ‘monsters’ in it too. I’m a broken record.
12. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
Look for a kindred spirit with similar preoccupations. Explain your story first and where you’re coming from thematically and your influences. Say why you think it would make a good story visually. Then, see if they’ll read it.
13. If you could write a film-adaptation of any novel/novella/short story, which one would you like to do?
I would love to attempt to adapt the comics of Chris Reynolds. It would be a real challenge, but his art is the closest stuff to dreams I’ve ever encountered. God knows how I’d tie it all together, but I’d like to try. Of course, it would be considered inaccessible art-house madness that no one would help make.
14. What piece of advice do you have for aspiring screenwriter starting out?
Learn the rules and then discard them as required so you don’t end up churning out formulaic stuff like some kind of narratological algorithm. Use tools like story maps and graphs or whatever if you really need them, but don’t get intimidated by them. Learn how to structure your imagination in a way that works for you. Keep writing, even if you suspect the film will never be made – you are always learning. Make sure you feel a genuine compulsion to tell the story you’re telling. Don’t allow yourself get self-conscious for the first draft at least. Let your imagination and instinct lead the way. If things are going well, the story will tell itself as you write it and where it goes might surprise you. You are walking a mental tightrope, but enjoy it and don’t look down. You can clean everything up later, but just get into it at first. Your subconscious mind has more to say than your conscious mind, so allow it. When you tidy things up later, make sure to protect the integrity of your story – but do tidy up. Make sure to listen to others, but you don’t have to listen to everyone.
Also, like I said above, seek out filmmakers who are kindred spirits with a similar or complimentary vision. I always compare it to forming a band - make sure everyone likes the same music and let everyone contribute to the music. It’s a collaboration.
15. Last question, if your life was a title song what would it be?
If you mean the title of a song, it would be ‘I Think of Demons’ by Roky Erickson. If you mean a song that’s used on the titles of a film, I don’t know. The closest thing I can think of that fits the bill would be the theme music to the sitcom Steptoe and Son.
I just want to express my gratitude toward Garret Shanley for answering those questions. You all should definitely check out Vivarium when it comes out on Friday, March 27th on VOD (video on demand). It is a perfect thriller to watch with your family and/or friends. It's definitely a viewing party movie that will have everyone thrilled with suspense. Again, stay safe and healthy everyone. I hope everyone comes out of this coronavirus pandemic all right and well. Until next time.
Get your scare fix this October and go see Countdown. Here is the synopsis of Countdown from IMDb:
When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.
Justin Dec, a graduate at Full Sail University, made his first short titled Rolling. It was heavily favored and was honored with the Best Director award at New York Television Festival. He later did a YouTube web series called Lazy Me. It got over seven million views. Then he collaborated to make a Hollywood satire-themed short titled Boats. Now, he has made his debut feature film with Countdown. So, take this precious time to read about him and his experience.then go see Countdown. It's in theaters Friday, October 25 which is today!
1. First off, which phone app could you not do without?
Haha, I guess my camera apps. I’m not 100% obsessed with apps or my phone but I’m a big fan of all the camera tools we can carry in our pockets, especially when I’m in prep on a project. Cadrage, Shot Planner, Afterlight… those are a couple favorites.
2. What is your favorite horror movie growing up?
Jaws. It’s the movie that made me want to make movies.
3. What is the genesis of Countdown?
The whole idea started when I was setting a timer on my phone. As I watched the numbers tick backwards, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be creepy if it was counting down to my death? Totally normal thought, I know.
4. What research did you do when writing Countdown?
I watched a ton of horror movies, broke them down beat-by-beat and studied the scares.
5. What was your writing schedule when you wrote Countdown?
Wake up, coffee, write all day, go to sleep, do it again until the first draft is done. Now start re-writing with the same process. If you haven’t done at least a dozen rewrites, you’re not even close.
6. What challenges did you face while writing Countdown?
The biggest challenge was to always go deeper. To push below the surface of ideas and characters and make sure I’m saying something truthful. It took a lot of drafts to get there.
7. What is your favorite line from Countdown?
“Where the heck is my grub hub?”
8. In one word how would you sum up Countdown?
9. What do you love the most about Woburn, Massachusetts and what is your most favorite activity to do when you’re at Massachusetts?
Woburn is a place I didn’t know I loved until I left it. I’ve lived in a lot of places but when I visit Woburn, there’s something about it that gets under my skin in the best of ways. It’s quintessential small town New England. I love it there. My favorite thing is to take a walk around Horn Pond.
10. Do you recall how your interest in directing or writing originated?
When I was 5 or 6, I begged my parents to let me watch the movie JAWS. My mom was a hard NO but my dad told her I’d be okay. He assured her I knew it was all “pretend”. When we got to the end of the movie and Jaws bites down on Quint, he turned to me and said, “It’s okay. It’s only ketchup.” My mind exploded. I wanted to know more. So they bought me books and every pre-viewed movie I could get my hands on. My basement became a mini-blockbuster. I was (and still am) obsessed with movies. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
11. Could you give a fun fact about your experience working with Elizabeth Lail, Peter Facinelli, Tichina Arnold and/or any other cast members in Countdown?
How lucky am I? Such an amazing ensemble. My wife and I were watching Elizabeth Lail on the Netflix show YOU and I turned to her and said, “That’s our Quinn.” She was my top pick and, luckily, she loved the script and jumped on board. Jordan Calloway came in twice to read for Matt and each time he brought such a fun energy and kindness to the role. He was perfect for it. Peter Facinelli always plays a really likable guy so I wanted to flip that on its head with Dr. Sullivan and thankfully he was a fan of the project. I met Tom Segura on Instant Family where he played Mark Wahlberg’s brother-in-law. I told him I wrote this part he’d be perfect for. Without blinking, he said, “I’m in.” A few months later, I called him and said, “Are you still in?” Luckily, he said yes! Talitha Bateman was my top choice to play Quinn’s sister. I think it helped that she knew she’d be playing opposite Elizabeth. The two of them were so incredible in this film. Father John was a hard role to cast because we didn’t want it to be too comedic or too serious. It had to live right in the middle. PJ Byrne got that right away without me telling him a thing. He IS Father John. Dillon Lane auditioned for Evan and as soon as I saw his tape, I knew he had the part. He has so much depth to him. He reminds me of a young Heath Ledger. Anne Winters and Tichina Arnold were the same way. As soon as I saw their tapes I knew they were perfect for the roles of Courtney and Nurse Amy.
11. Have you watched TV series Martin (Ms. Tichina Arnold is in it)? If so, which episode is your favorite?
I remember the show but I was more of a Fresh Prince of Bel Air kid.
12. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter/ producer, how would one get you or any expert to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
That’s a good question. Most of the material that comes my way comes from my agent, so I would guess if that author had an agent or a manager they should reach out to the right people to get some eyeballs on it.
13. What advice do you wish someone had given to you when you were younger about the industry?
Get a very comfortable pair of shoes.
14. Which 91st Academy Award film/s have you watched?
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood — favorite film of the year.
15. Last question, what’s your motto in life?
Find balance in everything you do.
Thanks to Justin Dec for taking his time to do this. You guys should go see COUNTDOWN right now. It's out in theaters so what are you waiting for? Have a great time at the movies tonight. Thank you as always for stopping by here to read my posts. I hope to come again and don't forget to tell your friends and loved ones to visit my blog as well. Have a great day everyone.
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