Evan Spiliotopoulos, the screenwriter behind massive blockbuster hits such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Hercules”, and “Charlie’s Angels”, has a new film called “The Unholy” scheduled for release on April 2.
“The Unholy”, originally titled “Shrine”, also marks Evan’s directorial debut. The collaboration with Screen Gems stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Cary Elwes, a veteran of several horror films including the “Saw” franchise.
“The Unholy” Plot
The film is based on a book by James Herbert. “The Unholy” follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who believes she was visited by the Virgin Mary. After this mysterious happening, she is suddenly able to hear and heal the sick.
People start flocking to the small town where Alice lives to witness these miracles. One day a journalist, played by Morgan, visits to investigate the strange events. He starts to suspect that something much more sinister might be happening beneath the surface.
Horror auteur Sam Raimi, as well as Spiliotopoulos himself, are producers on the movie.
The release date of April 2 is a coveted one, as movies that debut around Easter weekend tend to perform extremely well at the box office. Sony, hopes that they can secure a theatrical release for “The Unholy” as well as a digital release as the world starts to slowly open back up again.
Spiliotopoulos hails from Athens, but is currently based in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Delaware where he studied film theory. Afterwards, he received a master’s degree in screenwriting from American University. Spiliotopoulos has been working in Hollywood since 1995.
After working on some children’s features early on, including “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning”, and “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”, the screenwriter pivoted to fantasy and action films such as “The Hunstman: Winter’s War”.
Currently Evan has a few features in the works, including “Bright 2” and “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”. You can watch “The Unholy” on April 2 on VOD and streaming.