There is absolutely no doubt that all of us at ScreenGeeks.com love Michael Paul Stephenson's directorial debut, Best Worst Movie, ever since we saw it at the Starz Denver Film Festival in 2009. It's truly a magical film that has a lot of heart and laughs. I'm sure that I am nowhere near alone in my curiosity as to what his next project would be. It would be easy to keep in the documentary world, but it looks like he'll be jumping headlong into dark comedy with DESTROY. Read the press release after the break.
Official press release:
Filmmaking Team behind Critically Acclaimed DocumentaryBest Worst Movie set to DESTROY
Los Angeles, Calif. – Feb 15, 2011 – Magic Stone Productions announced today it has acquired andwill produce the feature film DESTROY. Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie) will direct thisfast-paced dark comedy. In DESTROY, vampires don't exist, but that doesn't stop well-intentionedwould-be vampire hunter Steve Howard from leaving a trail of blood-splattered wooden stakes acrossBavaria. While he thinks he's saving the world, he and new assistant Elise are mistakenly murderingsweet, innocent old men.DESTROY’s tone lands it somewhere between '80s genre classics like An American Werewolf inLondon and contemporary comedies like Shaun of the Dead. The script is penned by Alamo Drafthouselead programmer Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly. The pair recently co-authored the internationallysuccessful 2010 book “Destroy All Movies: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film.”Magic Stone Productions is helmed by Michael Paul Stephenson and Lindsay Stephenson. Thecompany produced the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary Best Worst Movie, and the same teamwill be assembled for DESTROY. Jennifer Roth (Black Swan; The Wrestler; The Details) will alsoproduce.
Well, Stephenson is definitely going in a very interesting direction with his next film. I can honestly say I can't wait to see how this turns out as the concept sounds like it's going to be a ton of fun. We'll do our best to keep you up to date on this project as we get more info.