Who says analog is dead? According to a report by Deadline, Netflix is putting in the papers to acquire Norwegian director Lars Klevberg’s teen horror title Polaroid. Directed by Klevberg with a screenplay by Blair Butler (Hell Fest, Slasher School). A joint production of Dimension Films and The Weinstein Company, Polaroid is based Klevberg’s award-winning short of the same name. The film stars Kathryn Prescott (Skins, Finding Carter), Mitch Pileggi, (The X-Files), Tyler Young (When We Rise) and Grace Zabriskie (Twin Peaks).
With a plot straight out of Goosebumps, Polaroid follows Bird Fitcher, a high school oddball with a taste for the peculiar. Things look good when Bird stumbles upon an antique Polaroid camera and claims it as her own. But when the people she photographs meet violent ends, Bird discovers that some pictures are worth a thousand screams. Say cheese! Then die.
It’s been a troubled road to the silver screen for Polaroid. While it was originally slated for an August 2017 release, the Weinstein Company bumped the Pg-13 shocker to the Thanksgiving weekend lineup. But after several schedule changes and serious allegations against studio founder Harvey Weinstein, Polaroid was taken off the release schedule indefinitely.
This marks the third film in recent memory saved from the shelf by Netflix. The streaming giant made waves when it dropped a surprise trailer of Paramount/Bad Robot’s The Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl. Released immediately following the game, the sci-fi sequel drew in over 5 million views in its first seven days. Additionally, Warner Bros long delayed Jungle Book adaptation Mowgli will be hitting the platform in 2019. Given Netflix’s track record of salvaging shelved projects, it sure looks like Polaroid will be streaming to a screen near you sometime soon.
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