Silas Howard of "Pose" and "Transparent" will direct.
There have been plenty of cinematic dramas that deal with the topic of gay conversion therapy, but now there is one being developed into a horror movie.
Gunpowder & Sky has partnered with YOMYOMF and Nonetheless Productions to make the film Moonshadow reports Bloody Disgusting. The film will be directed by Silas Howard (pictured above) of Pose, and Transparent.
The script is being penned by Ernesto Foronda and Daniel Foerste and inspired by Foerste's own experiences in conversion therapy. The plot centers on a transgender teen who is sent away to a camp and discovers the patients are being turned into monsters.
“With a battle over transgender rights playing out on the national stage, and as a member and advocate of the trans community, I feel it is critical to be a part of the conversation,” said Howard. “The current generation of young people is living with entirely new expectations about gender and sexuality, and Moonshadow is for them.”
YOMYOMF’s Creative Director Philip W. Chung said it will be a mainstream film but also relatable to the LGBT community, maybe profoundly so.
"What’s compelling about this project is that it works as a purely entertaining horror film that fans of the genre can enjoy on its own terms, while also providing insight into the struggles facing the trans community today. The most interesting horror films share a subversive streak; they use their fictional horrors to comment on the horrors of our real world and with our talented Moonshadow collaborators, we hope to continue that tradition," said Chung.
Ki Jin Kim and Giulia Caruso of Nonetheless Productions says it's a very important story to tell. “We are honored Daniel trusted us with it," said Kim. "and proud to be part of an incredible team who shares our sense of urgency and believes in the transformative power of this kind of work.”
"With both a trans director and a trans co-writer working on the project, it seems that Moonshadow is off to a good start," he said.