Two powerhouse filmmakers are joining forces to give us a lesbian horror film tackling race and sexuality in uncharted ways.
Director-screenwriter Dee Rees is known for deftly chronicling the black queer experience in 2011’s Pariah and HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie. Jason Blum, meanwhile, is the producer behind this year’s breakaway horror-hit, Get Out.
The two met up at a recent Sundance Institute event in L.A., and when Rees said she had an idea for her own low-budget scary movie, about a gay couple in rural America, Blum was all ears.
“You’ve got me and my wife, two black lesbians, and when we first moved in [to our house], we fought every day over all these little things: ‘Why is this over there? Did you move that?’” she told Blum, according to
The New York Times Magazine. “Maybe it was a ghost. Or maybe it was some other force—like us not wanting to be there or fitting in.”
Blum admitted he was intimidated to work with Rees, whose work he admired, but was ready to sign on.
“It almost makes me nervous, The idea of working with you,” he exclaimed. “But anything you want to do, I’m in. I’m in, I’m in, I’m in.”
It may take a while for Rees’ lesbian-couple-in-jeopardy frightfest to see the light of day, but we’ll be lined up on opening day.