Last year’s Deadly Illusions was the fourth feature directed by Anna Elizabeth James, but her first thriller. When it was released through the Netflix streaming service, it was the #1 movie on the service worldwide for eight days straight. So it makes sense that James’ fifth feature is also a thriller. This one is called Blunt and stars Amy Smart (Mirrors), Billy Zane (Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight), Matt Davis (Terror of Dracula), Greer Grammer (Awkward), and Ne-Yo (Red Tails).
Smart’s character is
a single mother who wakes up to find herself hogtied and held captive at her country vacation rental by an unknown assailant. In a race against time, she must piece together clues from the previous guests to find out who assaulted her, and hopefully survive the ordeal.
Deadline reports that Voltage Pictures is handling global sales on Blunt and will be presenting it to potential buyers immediately. James is producing the film under her Kiss and Tale Productions banner. Richard Switzer, Julie Gause, Paul Luba, and Chad Verdi Jr. are also producing, with Larry Galluzzo and Tim Bien serving as executive producers.
Voltage’s Jonathan Deckter had this to say: “Deadly Illusions deservedly earned cult status, becoming one of the biggest streaming hits of 2021, so we’re thrilled to be back in business with the very talented Anna. She’s written another tense and taut thriller with twists and turns that are sure to satisfy her growing fan base.“
James added: “I love when a female lead is the detective of her own story. It’s a captivating playground to be in and one I think is rarely tapped into, especially from the female gaze. Amy and the rest of our cast delivered a performance beyond my wildest imagination, and I am thrilled with what we will be sharing with our audience — a classic who-dun-it with mind bending elements and, what I’d like to think, is a progressive and pulpy take on the whole post-pandemic, app living world.“
Blunt sounds interesting to me, so I look forward to seeing how it turns out. How does this project sound to you? Did you watch Deadly Illusions (pictured below)? Let us know by leaving a comment.