EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Sorry to Bother You‘s Jermaine Fowler has been cast in Legendary Entertainment’s redo of the 1978 horror movie, Faces of Death.
Fowler joins Barbie Ferreira, Dacre Montgomery, Josie Totah, and Charli XCX, who are on sent down in Louisiana on the Daniel Goldhaber-directed movie.
Legendary’s version of the pic is co-written by Isa Mazzei and Goldhaber.
The original film from filmmaker John Alan Schwartz was an early example of viral videos. Although it was staged and fictional, many thought it was real and it often was rented under the counter by older brothers at video shops. The film advertised itself as “Banned in 52 Countries,” though that was simple hype.
Mazzei and Goldhaber’s version brings the original movie’s videos into the digital age.
“Faces of Death was one of the first viral video tapes, and we are so lucky to be able to use it as a jumping-off point for this exploration of cycles of violence and the way they perpetuate themselves online,” said Mazzei and Goldhaber.
Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing with Divide/Conquer’s Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath. Mazzei and Rick Benattar are executive producing and Cory Kaplan and Derek Bishé are co-producing.
Mazzei and Goldhaber previously collaborated on How to Blow Up a Pipeline, which was acquired by Neon at last year’s TIFF. It was directed by Goldhaber and produced by the duo; CAM in 2018, which was well received by critics gathering a 93% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fowler will next be seen in Tim Story’s feature, The Blackening, which will play at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The actor will also be seen this year in Retreat with Emma Corrin and Clive Owen on FX. He also starred in the Duplass Brother’s comedy, The Drop, as well as Coming 2 America as Lavelle alongside Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. In 2017-18, Fowler starred in opposite and executive produced CBS’s Comedy Superior Donuts, opposite Judd Hirsch, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, and Katey Sagal.
Fowler is repped by UTA, Entertainment 360, and Yorn Levine.