So the company's newest project, to be shot in July in the
"We're getting tired of monster movies. We're kind of burned out," Gernhard said. "Instead of investing all our money on violence, blood and gore, this time we're going to spend it on production design, to make it 1964 in our locations." He would not reveal the film's budget.
"Wishin' and Hopin'" is about Felix, who is 10 years old, lives in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Conn., and attends
Gernhard has known Lamb since 1991, when he was 14. Lamb was one of Gernhard's teachers at
Gernhard is glad he got "Wishin' and Hopin'" because it is less broad in scale than Lamb's other books. "It's a smaller, less rough story than the others, which are very emotional," he said. "This is character-driven like the others, but a comedy, a smaller story."
Lamb will be listed as executive producer and will be allowed to oversee all aspects of the production, Gernhard said. "We didn't just buy the rights to make the movie we wanted to make. He is the key to telling the story right," he said.
The script will be written by
The lead and supporting actors will be cast in
When Synthetic is casting for "Wishin' and Hopin'," it also will cast for another upcoming film, the details of which Gernhard would not reveal.
Gernhard said Synthetic isn't moving away entirely from monster movies. "We probably will come back," he said. "We've got so much coming out soon that it might take a while for people to figure out we're not making them now."
"Deep in the Darkness" is premiering in
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