EXCLUSIVE: His songs have appeared in films from Transformers to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now Linkin Park’s Joseph Hahn has tried so hard, and got so far that he’s made the jump from the recording studio to the director’s chair. Paragon Pictures has picked up North American rights to Hahn’s feature helming debut Mall, which stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Cameron Monaghan, Peter Stormare, and James Frecheville in the story of five disaffected suburbanites whose lives come together at a shopping mall following a seemingly random shooting.
Hahn serves as beat master for Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park and directed dozens of its music videos prior to making his feature debut. D’Onofrio, Joe Vinciguerra, and Sam Bisbee adapted the script from Eric Bogosian’s 2001 novel. Mall is produced by D’Onofrio alongside Sam Maydew for Silver Lining Entertainment. Hahn most recently directed the music video for “New Divide,” the Linkin Park track that appears in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, and the band’s latest music video, for “Until It’s Gone” from its current album The Hunting Party.
Paragon is planning to release Mall in the fall after Hahn hits the road on Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour this summer. The deal was negotiated by Evan Crooke, Kyle Villella, Danny Sherman and Josh Kesselman for Paragon Pictures and Nate Bolotin for XYZ Films. Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales.