Joe Dante To Direct BAT OUT OF HELL & THE HOLE!

Variety is reporting that genre vet Joe Dante (THE HOWLING, GREMLINS, THE BURBS) is set to helm the indie horror project BAT OUT OF HELL for Parallel Zide and VooDoo Prods. "Bat Out of Hell," written by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, (writers of John Carpenter’s CIGARETTE BURNS & PRO-LIFE) centers on a red-eye flight from L.A. to New York during which hijackers confront the monstrous cargo. Shooting is expected to begin later this year. Also, Shock Till You Drop.com revealed exclusively that Dante has signed on to direct a project written by VACANCY‘s Mark L. Smith called THE HOLE. Shock’s article reports, "the story follows a family, on the run from their past, who seek shelter in a house where an ominous hole is discovered in the basement. This obviously begs the question: What is the secret of the hole?" They also hint at THE HOLE being PG-13 fare. (Hell, THE BURBS was PG-13, wasn’t it?)