John Logan, the openly gay writer of Skyfall, Sweeney Todd, Gladiator, Hugo and Rango has announced his next project: Whistler Camp, a horror film set at a queer conversion therapy camp. Logan will also make his directorial debut with the film.
The three-time Oscar nominee will pen the film for Blumhouse Productions, the indie horror studio behind Get Out and the Insidious series. Deadline reports that Blumhouse has billed the movie as a “queer empowerment” story, and has launched a casting search as well. No word on when filming will begin, or a potential release date.
We’ve wanted to make a movie with #JohnLogan and he came up with the *perfect* idea ??
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) April 9, 2021
“We’ve wanted to make a movie with #JohnLogan and he came up with the *perfect* idea,” Blumhouse President Jason Blum said via Twitter. Blum will personally produce the film alongside Michael Aguilar, the producer of Penny Dreadful.
John Logan shot to the top of the showbiz heap with his Oscar-nominated screenplay to Gladiator in 2000. He’s since had great success writing in Hollywood and on the Broadway stage where his play Red nabbed a Tony Award in 2010. His series Penny Dreadful combined his love of horror with LGBTQ themes, which helped cement its success for a three-season run.
Conversion therapy, meanwhile, has been denounced by virtually every medical and psychiatric organization in the United States as an ineffective, harmful form of torture. Several states have legally banned the practice for that reason.