Steven Spielberg is returning to the horror realm, albeit as a producer for the upcoming film Long Lost. Deadline reports that Amblin and Universal are handling the film based on Colin Bannon’s short story of the same name. The original writer has also been tasked with penning the script.
Details about casting and directors are being kept under wraps for now, but the project is still in the early stages of development. However, the story has been compared to Rosemary’s Baby and What Lies Beneath, meaning horror fans can look forward to some nerve-wracking frights. Long Lost tells the story of a husband’s long-lost wife, presumed to be dead, who returns to her home to cause havoc.
The movie is Bannon’s next big step in Hollywood, but he’s been making a name for himself. As a screenwriter, he’s appeared on the Black List seven times and sold specs to Tri-Star Pictures and Netflix. These credits include Ultra and First Ascent, the latter of which is a supernatural project that Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley has signed up to star in.
Long Lost is shaping up to be a must-see future horror film. With Spielberg involved in any capacity, it’s bound to raise some interest, after all. That said, can horror fans ever expect to see the acclaimed filmmaker return to our beloved genre as a director? The answer may surprise you.
Steven Spielberg is Keen to Return to Horror
Steven Spielberg’s career has seen him go from making low-budget thrillers like Duel to becoming a world-famous director with a diverse award-winning oeuvre. However, horror fare like Jaws turned him into a household name, yet it’s been a long time since he wanted to scare viewers. The director has unfinished business in the fright world, though, as he explained at last year’s Berlin Film Festival after accepting a Lifetime Achievement award.
“I feel a little alarmed to be told I’ve lived a lifetime because I’m not finished. I want to keep working. I want to keep learning and discovering and scaring the s*** out of myself and sometimes the s*** out of you.”
He later added, “I gotta get back to some of those earlier scary movies, but that’s another story for later on.” Only time will tell if Spielberg returns to horror, but whatever he makes next will surely be brilliant nonetheless.