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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.21.08] movie news

Overture Films is on a role people!! They've got Pandorum in development in Germany and just last week they announced that they would be pushing the long overdue remake of The Crazies into production as part of a new effort to include "clever and smart" horror fare into their roster. Well now THR is reporting that the company has hired David Gordon Green to direct an adaptation of Steve Niles' (30 Days of Night)"Freaks of the Heartland" comic series from Dark Horse. David Gordon Green's most recent hit is of course the stoner genre blender Pineapple Express.

Under the weathered skies of America's heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can't begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. Some folks would call Trevor's brother a monster. But to Trevor, Will is just another kid trapped in a dark reality he can't comprehend. When the situation moves from bad to worse, and their father threatens to do away with Will, Trevor learns that they're not alone - that "freak" children were born to other families in Gristlewood Valley. Against all odds, and with nothing but love for his brother in his heart, Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get the freak children out of harm's way, if it's not already too late.

The six part series has been described as "an underdeveloped variation on John Wyndham's... Midwich Cuckoos" (aka. Village of the Damned).

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