Production is due to begin in Hungary next month on The Vij, an adaptation of a Nikolai Gogol story that will be helmed by Englund. This will be Englund's first stab at directing since 976 Evil in 1989.
'This is an unusual scenario - one of the most popular Russian writers directed by one of the icons of horror film,' commented Curici. The ex-Minerva sales executive is billing the film as 'somewhere between Pan's Labyrinth and The Village.'
The $2.5m feature is being put together as a US-Italian-Spanish co-production. Casting details will be confirmed shortly.
Curici is completing the financing and will executive-produce the film. Other partners include Taska from the US, AVS from Spain and ReDark from Italy.
The second project Curici is introducing at the market this week is Thy Kingdom Come, another horror picture to shoot in Argentina in early June. The $2 million project will shoot in English. Swedish-Estonian director Ilmar Taska, who made his feature debut with Set Point in 2004, is directing.
'We closed the budgets without doing any pre-sales,.' Curici commented. He expects to appoint sales agents for both projects shortly.