EXCLUSIVE: Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Drafthouse Films are teaming up with Rook Films (Sightseers, The Duke of Burgundy) and Timpson Films (The ABCs of Death) to produce The Greasy Strangler, the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking (The ABCs of Death 2).
The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’
Hosking wrote the script with Toby Harvard, his co-writer on the delightfully bizarre ABCs of Death 2 anthology segment G is for Grandad. SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will produce along with Andrew Starke of Rook Films and Ant Timpson of Timpson Films. Kill List, Sightseers, and Doctor Who director Ben Wheatley and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League are aboard as executive producers.
Pic marks the latest creative collaboration borne of the Drafthouse-backed Fantastic Fest, where The ABCs of Death 2 premiered in September and League, Timpson, Wood & Co. confab annually over beers, BBQ, and the latest in boundary-pushing genre films. Hosking is a commercials vet who also helmed the comedy miniseries Privado for Channel 4 in the UK, and his short films are already well known on the festival scene; check out Renegades, which played Sundance, and The Importance of Awards in Advertising: a Talk by M. Villivankk. below for a taste.
“When Ant Timpson sent us Jim and Toby’s script, we all agreed that it was the most disgusting, vile, and all-around grotesquely hilarious piece of cinema we’d ever read, with imagery we will likely never dislodge from our tender, greasy brains,” Wood said in a statement. “And that is why it must exist!”
Filming begins in LA this spring.