David Dastmalchian to Star in Chiller ‘Late Night With the Devil’


U.S. actor David Dastmalchian (“Dune,” “The Suicide Squad”) is attached to star as the host of a late-night talk show that goes horribly wrong in upcoming indie chiller “Late Night With the Devil,” which is currently shooting in Australia.

Directed by Australian writing-directing duo Colin and Cameron Cairns (“100 Bloody Acres,” “Scare Campaign”), “Late Night” is the second title spawned by a multi-picture deal between low-budget U.S. genre label Spooky Pictures and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, following Chloe Okuno’s  “Watcher,” which made a splash at Sundance.

Dastmalchian, who in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” played the Twisted Mentat Piter de Vries, a human specially trained to perform mental functions rivaling computers, will next be seen in Amblin’s horror-thriller “Last Voyage of the Demeter,” directed by André Øvredal, and in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.”

“Late Night With the Devil” follows the live broadcast of a late-night talk show in 1977 that goes awry, “unleashing evil into the nation’s living rooms,” as the provided synopsis puts it. The plan is for a 2023 release.

Describing their project, Colin and Cameron Cairnes said in a statement, “In the ’70s and ’80s there was something slightly dangerous about late-night TV. Talk shows in particular were a window into some strange adult world. We thought combining that charged, live-to-air atmosphere with the supernatural could make for a uniquely frightening film experience.”

Spooky Pictures founders Roy Lee (“It”) and Steven Schneider (“Pet Sematary”), Derek Dauchy (“Al Kameen”) and Future Pictures’ Mat Govoni (“Lone Wolf”) and Adam White (“Scare Campaign) are all producing “Late Night With the Devil.” Australian filmmaker Joel Anderson (“Lake Mungo”), John Molloy and Rami Yasin serve as executive producers.

Cinetic is handling the U.S./North American rights to the film. Stuart Ford’s AGC International is handling international sales in the rest of the world.

Dastmalchian is managed by David Fleming and Tory Howard at Atlas Artists.

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Originally published at variety.com

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