Tobe Hooper’s New Movie ‘Djinn’

Posted: July 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Here’s all you need to know about Tobe Hooper’s new movie …

Djinn is an upcoming supernatural thriller film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by David Tully. It is set in the United Arab Emirates and features the djinn. The film, produced by Image Nation, is in both Arabic and English languages. The film’s theatrical release has been delayed since 2011. Image Nation’s CEO Michael Garin anticipated for the film to be released in late 2013.

The plot is set in the near future, a young Emirati couple returns to their home country and moves into a high-rise apartment in Ras al-Khaimah. They discover that their neighbors may not be human. The film also flashes back to an abandoned fishing village, where the apartment was eventually built. In the area of the village, an American backpacker learns about djinn from local Emiratis.

Here’s some production details:

Djinn is directed by Tobe Hooper based on a screenplay by David Tully. The project was set up by Imagenation Abu Dhabi (now Image Nation) in February 2011. Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja joined the project as a cultural consultant.The film is the first supernatural thriller film in both English and Arabic languages. Tully said films about the djinn were very uncommon, only recallingWishmaster (1997). He said Djinn had minimal gore, similar to Hooper’s previous films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982). Tully came up with the premise for Djinnwhen an Emirati friend brought him to a village similar to the one set in the film. The screenwriter learned about local stories told in the region.

With a production budget of US$5 million, filming began in the United Arab Emirates in late March 2011 and took place at several locations throughout Dubai.The subject matter was treated with caution so it would not offend local values in the different towns where filming took place. In Al Jazira Al Hamra, the cast and crew avoided using the word “djinn” and also taped over the film’s title on the director’s chair.By late August 2011, the film was in post-production.

And the last thing you guys might want to know is some minor details on the release of this movie..

Fortissimo Films acquired in February 2011 the right to represent international sales for Image Nation’s films, including Djinn. The film had a test screening in December 2011 in London, which 300 moviegoers attended. It was offered “a red-carpet premiere” at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival but was not screened at the festival. The studio promised a theatrical release in early 2012 then in mid-2012; neither release transpired. The National reported in January 2012 that a website said that Image Nation turned down two distribution offers, but Image Nation denied this and said the film took longer than expected in post-production. In December 2012, The Guardian covered the film’s delay and cited multiple reasons. The paper reported that unofficial reasons included people related to Abu Dhabi’s royal family finding the film “to be politically subversive”, horror films being “seen as totally foreign, culturally speaking” in the United Arab Emirates, and local pride that led to “rewrites and restructuring”. Image Nation’s CEO Michael Garin denied these reasons and blamed the delay on meeting the Directors Guild of America‘s requirements.

Sales for Djinn were launched at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013 and will continue at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival the following May. Garin anticipated releasing Djinn in late 2013.


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