"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson will be taking a break from that blockbuster life to reunite with his "Sinister" collaborator C. Robert Cargill for some spooky sci-fi goodness in "The Outer Limits."
The dynamic duo will be taking a crack at adapting one episode of the creepy '60s TV series, "Demon With a Glass Hand" by Harlan Ellison. On the show, Robert Culp plays a man who wakes up with a crazy computerized hand and no memory of his life, aside from the past 10 days. There are aliens and time travel and all sorts of crazy stuff, and it sounds like Ellison's original vision for the story was much larger than what "The Outer Limits" could afford, so it will be cool to see how the filmmakers play with Ellison's screenplay.
Ellison, a fantastic (and fantastically prolific) author, wrote a ton of scripts for TV, with credits on "Star Trek," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," among others. He's also an irascible character who's accused James Cameron and "In Time" director Andrew Niccol of plagiarizing ideas from his work; he doesn't mince words on anything related to Hollywood, so it will be interesting to see if Ellison will work with the filmmakers or if he's washed his hands of the whole darn industry.
Derrickson isn't giving us a break from the creeps any time soon. His next film, "Deliver Us From Evil," opens July 2. Eric Bana stars as New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, a religious guy who finds himself investigating some pretty nasty crimes happening in the Big Apple. Edgar Ramirez co-stars as a priest who's hellbent on convincing Sarchie that there's something really evil at work, and that they need to break out the holy water for some serious exorcism action.
"Sinister 2," which Cargill and Derrickson co-wrote, starts filming this August. Ciaran Foy ("Citadel") is directing.
There's currently no director attached to "The Outer Limits" movie.