Maleficent’s Robert Stromberg Will Direct Noir Slasher Carnival

A circus knife-thrower would seem the most likely suspect in a slasher film called Carnival, but no.

Finally, a slasher with some skills, this could be the greatest horror show on earth. The upcoming noir slasher film Carnival is about a knife-throwing artist performing at a traveling circus. But the barnstorming blade buff is not the villain, he is the hunter. In the tradition of Tod Browning’s Freaks, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre, Hammer’s Vampire Circus and Halloween perennial Carnival of Souls, Carnival will be a three-ringed affair.

Carnival will be directed by Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer who made Maleficent (2014) with Angelina Jolie as the sympathetic, malicious witch. Stromberg was the first production designer to ever win back-to- back Oscars, for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. He turned the lonely journey of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Ridley Scott’s The Martian into The Martian: VR Experience, which was released at Sundance last year. Stromberg also directed the pilot Dawn for Hulu and MGM.

Carnival comes from a Black List script by Argentinean writer Matias Caruso, who is fresh off pitching Judgement Day to Warner Bros. which will be produced by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. Caruso also wrote the screenplay to the action movie Mayhem, which stars Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead.

Carnival is being produced by Anonymous Content, Voltage Pictures, and Bread and Circuses Entertainment. The circus performer who butters his bread with a very sharp shiv is actually looking for the person who brutally murdered his sister and everyone under the big top lends their unique talents to help him mete out revenge. Even the clowns have something to offer.

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Casting for the film is currently underway. Principal photography on Carnival is scheduled to start in the late fall of this year. 

SOURCE: VARIETY