August 19, 2010 / 6:05 AM / 7 years ago

"Saw" veteran makes date for "11 11 11"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of several "Saw" movies, is taking on the 11:11 phenomenon with a horror-tinged thriller titled "11 11 11" that will land in theaters on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Yes, that's 11-11-11.

Drawing on various conspiracy theories, the movie aims to be more like "Signs" or "The Strangers" than the gory "Saw" films.

Bousman was recruited by producer Wayne Rice, who made the more peppy "Valentine's Day" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" as well as "Suicide Kings." Rice saw that 11-11-11 falls on a Friday and immediately wanted to have a movie open then.

During his search for a director, he met Bousman, who knew a thing or two about tapping into cult movements. Not only had Bousman directed three money-making installments of the "Saw" franchise, his "Repo: The Genetic Opera" had gone from failure to a cult hit. For the past couple of years, "Repo" has been on the midnight-screening circuit -- a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for a new generation.

"He and I sat down and over some pasta, (and) the movie materialized," Rice said. "A lot of this has been New Age-y or biblical, with talk of angels. Leave it to Darren to see the dark side of that date."

Bousman was leery of not making a movie like "The Number 23," a Jim Carrey thriller that also tackled numerology but failed to make the numbers add up at the box office. But then he began noticing the number 11's prominence in his life, including his birth date (January 11, 1979).

Bousman is in the process of writing "11 11 11," which will take on the idea of 11 gates of Heaven and how on 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 11th gate will open up and something from another world will enter the earthly realm for 49 minutes.

"With 'Saw' and 'Repo,' my career has been about finding new ways to freak people out; that's what I want to do with this," Bousman said. "We want to take this phenomenon and give it horrific purpose."

And take advantage of the date. The pair hopes to get the movie into production in the fall.

"This is a marketer's dream," said Rice, who is producing with Richard Heller. The pair are principals in Capacity Pictures, which made the indies "House Broken" and "Finding Amanda" and is financing "11:11:11."

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