Kat Candler will move into the haunted house Fox Searchlight project Splitfoot as filmmaker Antonio Campos (currently lensing The Devil All the Time) finally had a bit too many items on his plate. Variety reports that Condé Nast Entertainment’s Jeremy Steckler (The Old Man & the Gun) and David Greenbaum are still producing. After her Sundance preemed third feature Hellion (review), Candler sojourned into television most notably for Queen Sugar. She’ll likely rework this project, and we could expect to see casting announcements a bit further into the year. Splitfoot was originally written by JT Petty. Candler was featured in our Sundance Trading Card series back in 2014.
Gist: Inspired by a 1936 New Yorker article (Voices Through the Trumpet), the story follows a jaded reporter who, after having a disturbing encounter that raises the prospect that his dead son may be trying to make contact from the afterlife, travels upstate to New York to a remote town considered the mecca of the American spiritual/occultist movement. As the reporter’s cynicism gives way to the hope of reuniting with his son, he becomes the target of various forces attempting to manipulate him, including one that is much more dangerous than the dead.