From advertising, to surviving. Up to this point, the scariest thing Jon Hamm has gone up against is Will Forte’s alarmingly friendly Jeff Montgomery in a Halloween-themed Saturday Night Live sketch. Now, according to Deadline, the actor is preparing for an altogether different sort of horror in upcoming supernatural thriller, Off Season. Based on the 2009 short of the same name, the film will follow Hamm’s character on a journey to locate his missing father. Obviously, the trek is going to involve greater dangers than freezing weather.
Hamm is wrapping up a strong year that includes a recurring role in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix as well as the spot of the archangel Gabriel in the small-screen adaptation of Good Omens scheduled for next year. This will be his first time as the headliner of a horror outing.
The team and the talent
Off Season is the first feature effort by Jonathan van Tulleken, the writer/director who delivered the original short. No stranger to genre fans, Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block) will be producing. Park’s most recent producer credit is 2017’s Baby Driver, her fifth film collaboration with director Edgar Wright. It’s also one of Hamm’s more recent starring roles. As for the director, van Tulleken couldn’t help but marvel at his luck in a recent statement:
I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to do this with such a highly esteemed team around me. Nira Park and Miles Dale are two of the most gifted and respected producers working in film, and on top of that, to have Jon Hamm in the lead role is the kind of good fortune few first time filmmakers are afforded. I cannot wait to see him bring his immense talent to the role of Tenn.
Off Season does not have a release date at this time. Only recently announced, the film is currently in pre-production. Principal photography is set to start on location in Canada sometime early in 2018. If the feature-length story is anything like its inspiration, it’ll be well worth the wait.