It has now been almost three years since Case 39 went into production. That’s some delay and seeing as the best information we have on a release date simply indicates a vague 2010 (I’m told that you shouldn’t believe the September ’09 you will see in some places) I’m surprised to see a trailer online at all but one has turned up unofficially within the last hour on YouTube.
To get you ready for the trailer – embedded after the break – here’s the official synopsis from the placeholder page now constituting an official site:
…a horror film starring Renée Zellweger as family services social worker Emily Jenkins. Emily thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily’s worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along. Then the real horror begins…
You can see a lot of that “real horror” in this trailer, which I’d guess takes us some way into the third act.
The film is directed by Christian Alvart, who subsequently made Pandorum – which is set to be released this September. Screenwriter Ray Wright was previously guilty of the Pulse remake and has The Crazies redo pending. If that doesn’t make you worried about the new Crazies, then I don’t know what will. Here’s hoping Wright is actually a very talented screenwriter and somebody else screwed Pulse.
Judging from early word on Case 39 however…
The young girl at the heart of the story is played by Jodelle Ferland, previously seen in Silent Hill and Tideland. She’s going to have acted in more R-rated scenes by the time she comes of age than I’d have seen by the time I went from minor to major.