John McNaughton isn’t the most prolific cinematic director in the world. He has only directed 6 films in the last 26 years, and the last one was SPEAKING OF SEX (2001). He’s probably best known for HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986) and WILD THINGS (1998). He’s set to return as the director of THE HARVEST, starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton as overprotective parents who keep their son (Charlie Tahan) isolated in a controlled environment. When a new girl moves in next door (Natasha Calis), it upsets the perfectly constructed world of the family. McNaughton has kept busy with TV work over the last decade, but has been working on THE HARVEST for the last three years. Here’s what he had to say on the project:
This is the first horror script I’ve been interested in in 25 years, so it’s kind of cool to return to the genre…I got the script a few years ago and loved the story, which is dark and has a great twist. It’s like a cross between ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
All sounds good to me, and there’s something interesting about an upcoming film from a director that obviously doesn’t jump on every single project that comes their way.