EXCLUSIVE: Anna Chazelle has signed on to write, direct and produce an untitled horror film based on the Greek legend of Medusa for Fangoria Studios.
To the uninitiated, Medusa was one of the three Gorgon sisters with poisonous hair snakes, whose gaze could turn those around her to stone. The creature found its end at the hands of the demigod Perseus, who used her head as a weapon before giving it to the goddess Athena to place it on her shield.
Tara Ansley, Armen Aghaeian and Abhi Goel will produce the film for Fangoria Studios, while Phil Wurtzel will produce through his Friel Films banner, alongside Chazelle.
“Medusa is a global icon, but its history has been overlooked for too long,” said Aghaeian, who is senior vice president of Fangoria Studios. “Anna’s portrayal of Medusa in the context of ancient Greece will make for an unforgettable cinematic journey.”
“It’s easy to demonize Medusa, but her story is filled with justifiable female rage, both against the gods who created her and the mortals who seek to destroy her,” Chazelle added. “I am delighted to delve into the story of his birth in the Greek pantheon and hopefully challenge the widely accepted definition of Medusa as a mere monster.”
Chazelle made her directorial debut with a 2014 short Field, then wrote, directed and starred in the post-apocalyptic short Narrow, which premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last summer and was an official selection at the HollyShorts Film Festival, qualifying for an Oscar. She also wrote and is preparing to direct Anemone for Arclight Studios.
Fangoria was first launched in 1979 as a magazine celebrating genre cinema and continues to be published as a printed quarterly to this day. The mag was acquired in 2020 by producer Tara Ansley and entrepreneur Abhi Goel, who sought to expand her brand, while resuscitating her sister brands. Starlog and Gorezone in the digital space. Fangoria Studios was launched in January this year, with the aim of developing and producing genre films, TV shows and podcasts, based on the intellectual property of Fangoria, Starlog and Gorezone.
Chazelle is represented by Sarah Self and Niki Montazaran at WME, Nick Terry and Evan Anglin at Zero Gravity Management and Ashley Nissenberg and Alison Asaro at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.