The latest from Jason Blum’s production company, Blumhouse Productions, The Lazarus Effect marks the narrative feature debut of filmmaker David Gelb, best known for his award-winning documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass lead the cast of young medical research students who manage to find the key to bringing things back to life, with a Flatliners-esque premise that has definitely got me interested.
The first poster and first look at Wilde landed earlier in the week, and now US distributor Relativity has launched the first trailer ahead of the film’s arrival next month.
When a team of research students mapping the human brain accidentally kills one of their own, they unwittingly unlock a deadly force by reanimating their colleague. Fighting for their own lives, the team must contain their colleague in the lab before she is unleashed on the world.
Donald Glover (Community), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass), and Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time) round out the leading ensemble alongside Wilde and Duplass. Blum said that they specifically looked for a cast not normally associated with horror, to give it a heightened sense of reality and not draw people’s attention from the film itself by casting genre-favourites.
Gelb directs from a script penned by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four), with Dawson producing alongside Blum, Matthew Kaplan (Jessabelle), Jimmy Miller (The Other Guys), and Cody Zwieg (The Hills Have Eyes).
Along with the first look at the film earlier in the week came news from Blum that he’s already interested in doing a sequel. Blumhouse has a history of developing franchises from low-budget horrors like this, and if audiences turn out to see the film and want more, he’s said he’d love to make another.
The Lazarus Effect hits cinemas in the US on February 27th. Still no word yet on a UK release date, but with Lionsgate expected to distribute internationally, hopefully we’ll get it a little later in the year.