Black Christmas (2019 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sophia Takal|
|Based on||Black Christmas|
by A. Roy Moore
|Edited by||Jeff Betancourt|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Black Christmas is an upcoming American slasher film directed by Sophia Takal, and written by Takal and April Wolfe. It is the second loose remake of the 1974 Canadian film Black Christmas, after the 2006 film, following a group of sorority sisters who become targeted by an unknown stalker. The film stars Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead and Cary Elwes.
Development of the film began in June 2019 when Jason Blum announced that he would be producing a second remake of the 1974 film through his studio Blumhouse Productions. On the same day, Sophia Takal joined the project as director and co-writer. Principal photography began soon after the announcement and took place in New Zealand during 27 days.
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation's young women aren't willing to become helpless victims as they mount a fight to the finish.
- Imogen Poots as Riley Stone
- Aleyse Shannon as Kris
- Lily Donoghue as Marty
- Brittany O'Grady as Jess Bradford
- Caleb Eberhardt as Landon
- Simon Mead as Nate
- Cary Elwes as Professor Gelson
- Madeleine Adams as Helena
In June 2019, it was announced that Jason Blum would be producing a remake of the 1974 film Black Christmas through his studio Blumhouse Productions, alongside Adam Hendricks from the studio Divide/Conquer, and Ben Cosgrove. In addition, Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke, also from Divide/Conquer, would serve as executive producers for the film.
Sophia Takal signed on to direct the film, having previously worked with Blum on his Into the Dark series for Hulu, while Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Caleb Eberhardt signed on in starring roles. That same month, Cary Elwes also joined the cast in a starring role.
Production began in New Zealand on June 23, 2019. Principal photography occurred for 27 days around Dunedin and Oamaru, with the University of Otago providing the setting. Filming concluded on July 31, 2019.
In the United States and Canada, Black Christmas is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019, coinciding with Friday the 13th. It will be released alongside Jumanji: The Next Level and Richard Jewell, and is projected to gross $10–12 million in its opening weekend.
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