Mike Flanagan’s short film ‘Oculus’ drew a lot of attention when it premiered in 2006. It won a slew of awards, including Best Short Film honors at Dead by Dawn, Dragon*Con, and Shockerfest. Now Flanagan has expanded on the story idea behind his original short and is looking to turn ‘Oculus’ into a feature film. And it looks as if he just got a US distributor.
Deadline reported early this morning that FilmDistrict, the company that released ‘Insidious’, just picked up the rights to ‘Oculus’. The feature version of the film will be co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Flanagan will also be in the director’s seat for the adaptation of his short.
Here’s the official description of ‘Oculus’:
“Ten years ago a horrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although authorities charged the brother with murder, his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.”
While there’s no cast information at this point, what we do know is that filming for the feature version is set to beg later this summer. If you’re interested in what looks like it could be a unique new addition to horror, check out Mike Flanagan’s official site for more information.