The Waiting and a Hat-Trick of Aja Posts

Posted by Peter Hall - March 12th 2006 @ 2:38 pm

It really hurts me to step back and realize how lazy and unproductive I am. If I were more active in my script writing than just coming up with ideas and then letting them gather dust after I write a few pages, I could be going places at a much faster rate.

The Waiting is the title of Alexandre Aja’s next film. Another co-venture with Wes Craven, this time in the more etheral realm of the ghost world. A couple who has recently lost a child seeks emotional refuge in the countryside, only to have the mother believe she is being visited by the ghost of her dead son (though really it is another ghost entirely). That’s really all that is known of the film right now, but if you happen to be one of the few people who reads Basement Films or has listened to me pitch my ideas, it bares a resemblance to the temporarily titled The Pit.

Beau and I’s version followed a family who retreats to a cabin in the woods for family bonding after the loss of their youngest child. I won’t get into the specifics of it, as I rarely do in posts like this because I’m paranoid, but it involved an interesting feature of the house’s basement and the slow brew of insanity that the mother goes through as she thinks she is recieving visitations of sorts from her otherworldly child.

The story had much more potential than that though, it really is limitless in nature, so now that The Waiting has been greenlit, I think we’ll veer away from the ghost child element and head into some of the other possibilites Beau and I were kicking around.

Oh well. I can’t complain (and I’m certainly not accusing complete strangers of stealing my ideas) about this development (which is the opposite of my hatred for Stay Alive) because I’m actually really, really looking forward to it. Wes Craven and Alexandre Aja churned out a real beauty with their last team up (though this time around Aja won’t be writing with his partner, Grégory Levasseur) and I have unwavering faith that they’ll do the same this time.

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