Actor HALEY JOEL OSMENT Signs On For SLASH's 'Wake The Dead' Movie

According to Variety.com, Haley Joel Osment will star in "Wake The Dead", the modern-day horror movie co-produced by Slash through the former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist's horror film production company Slasher Films. Jay Russell ("Ladder 49") will helm the film based on the graphic novels by Steven Niles, with Osment playing Victor Franklin, a college student experimenting with reversing death.

Slash described "Wake The Dead" in an interview as "basically a modern, young Frankenstein story about a brilliant college student who's discovered how to animate dead tissue but he's a teenager so he goes overboard."

The company has three other films in development, including "Nothing To Fear", about a town that sits on a gateway to hell; "Theorem", about a mathematician who figures out an equation for evil; and "The Other Kingdom", which is about a hospital struck by an epidemic that turns people into zombies.

Niles told the Los Angeles Times about working with Slash, "We want to recapture the quality of horror like they made them in the '70s, horror where you care about the characters and story . . . When (I) met with Slash we immediately connected on our love of horror and the way we wanted to see horror films made. I never dreamed in a million years I'd get to meet Slash, let alone work with him. I'm thrilled."

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