I just saw the Oscar-winning Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. (Seeing that and The Headless Woman this month, I am suddenly very interested in Argentinian cinema.) I found Secret to be a strong work of suspenseful detective-storytelling, like a great installment of Prime Suspect.
So I was startled to learn what the director, Juan Jose Campanella, plans to do next…
Juan Jose Campanella… is making his English-language feature directing debut by tackling “Heck,” an adaptation of a children’s fantasy novel for Spyglass Entertainment.
“Heck,” described as a kids’ version of Dante’s “Inferno,” centers on a good boy named Milton Fauster who, with his shoplifting sister, dies in a freak accident and ends up in an unearthly reform school called Heck, where Lizzie Borden teaches home economics and Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher. Milton meets Virgil, a boy who has a map of the Nine Circles of Heck, and the two plot to escape the netherworld and its leader, the principal of darkness Bea “Elsa” Bubb.