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Josh Lucas faces “THE BLACK DEMON”…but it’s a shark movie, not supernatural

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The latest in the ever-growing school of killer-fish flicks rolls in December in the Dominican Republic.

Variety reports that Adrian Grunberg (RAMBO: LAST BLOOD) will direct THE BLACK DEMON from a script by Boise Esquerra. Mucho Mas Media and Silk Mass developed the movie, and co-financer Highland Film Group will release it Stateside in 2023 through its distribution arm, The Avenue. Josh Lucas, recently seen in THE FOREVER PURGE (pictured), stars; the synopsis: “The film follows oilman Paul Sturges [Lucas] as he takes his family on vacation to Bahia Azul. There, the coastal town he and his wife once knew has mysteriously crumbled and the locals are nowhere to be found. Paul starts off his day with a routine visit to inspect his nearby oil rig, but before he knows it, his entire family has landed with him on the rotting metal tower. From the depths of the ocean rises a massive megalodon known only by its name: the Black Demon. Under constant threat from this primeval species of shark, Paul must find a way to get his family back to shore alive.”

“Survival thrillers centered on the apex predator of the ocean have captivated audiences for generations,” says Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser, “and to have this fresh take helmed by the action master Adrian and led by the incredibly talented Josh makes THE BLACK DEMON a truly exciting project.” Adds Mucho Mas’ Javier Chapa, “We think audiences around the world will be excited to see this Mexican legend on the big screen for the first time.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.