Cold Skin, a novel by Albert Sanchez Pinol, made waves last year when it was announced that David Slade (he of Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night success) would be directing a big screen adaptation for the European production house Kanazman. Not long after that, however, news on the development front stalled with David Slade jumping right into directing duties on the third Twilight film, leaving Cold Skin in hibernation.

But now news on the project has finally resurfaced by way of BD, who are reporting that Carriers directors David and Alex Pastor are busy writing the Cold Skin script. Not only that, but the plot description seems have to evolved a bit. The original novel was about a researcher stationed in Antarctica who learns that a race of bizarre amphibians emerge from the icy depths every night. That alone is very Lovecraftian (though the book's official description opts for "H.G. Wellsian"), but the new synopsis sounds like it could be, save for the colder climate, a direct adaptation of Dagon.

"On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, a steamship approaches a desolate island. On board is a young man, poised to take the post of weather observer, to live in solitude at the end of the earth. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. For the next twelve months his entire world will consist of a deserted cabin, trees, rocks, silence and the surrounding sea. Then night begins to fall... "

Regardless of how original the story is, color me interested. I'm always game for a creature feature no matter if it's Lovecraftian or Wellsian. Now if only we can get word on whether or not David Slade is still involved...
categories Movies, Horror