Penchant Entertainment has announced that Joe Lynch has come onboard to direct the horror film TASTE. Written by David Cohen, the project will be produced by Cohen, and Penchant partners Erin Eggers, Chase Hudson and Matthew Porter. TASTE has qualified for the California tax credit and will shoot in Los Angeles later this summer.
When a young chef-on-the-rise is invited to cook for a revered master’s private supper club, what at first seems like a career-launching opportunity, soon turns deadly with the discovery that she and her husband are at risk of becoming dinner themselves. Redefining the term “farm-to table,” this deliciously disturbing film will leave audiences and foodies alike forever questioning what arrives on their plates.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Joe on TASTE. His genre track record and irreverent sensibility are the perfect fit for this quick-witted and timely horror film,” said Eggers.
“I’ve been dying to direct something darker in the genre and when I read David’s script, which had a fantastic take on the current Foodie/Haute Cuisine culture, I was pretty much salivating, pun intended. I’m thrilled to be working with Penchant to bring this fantastically twisted and exciting tale to life and make people rethink what’s for dinner,” said Lynch.
Lynch’s latest film MAYHEM (starring THE WALKING DEAD’s Steven Yeun) recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival to glowing reviews, won the Audience Award at the Chattanooga Film Festival and is currently screening at festivals worldwide. RLJ Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of the film through a deal finalized at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.
In addition to MAYHEM, Lynch is best known for helming WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END with Henry Rollins, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM with Peter Dinklage and EVERLY with Salma Hayek. Prior to his feature work, Lynch directed music videos for Faith No More, 311, Pete Yorn, DevilDriver, Strapping Young Lad among others, and created the hit show URANIUM for Fuse. Lynch is also one half of the popular THE MOVIE CRYPT podcast with fellow director Adam Green (HATCHET, FROZEN), which was named one of 2015’s Top Podcasts by Entertainment Weekly and is consistently on iTunes Top 25 Film & TV podcasts. Lynch and Green previously collaborated on multiple projects together, including the cult TV sitcom HOLLISTON for ArieScope and FEARnet.
Dave Cohen is currently packaging his script SUBJECT ZERO, which was featured on the Black List. Previously, Dave wrote NO ONE LIVES, directed by Ryûhei Kitamura, starring Luke Evans. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival as part of the Midnight Section and was released by WWE Studios. Pathe International produced and financed. Dave also wrote THE VATICAN, a conspiracy-driven thriller, for Warner Bros., director William Brent Bell (THE DEVIL INSIDE) and producer Roy Lee.
Feature film and television executives and producers Eggers, Hudson and Porter launched Penchant earlier this year to create sophisticated, commercial entertainment for audiences worldwide. Their current slate of projects include the critically-acclaimed New York Times and Amazon bestselling book Hostage to the Devil, TV project “THE SCRAWL,” from recent Oscar® nominee, Eric Heisserer (THE ARRIVAL) and WGA-award-winner Zach Crawly (HEROES REBORN) and the feature THE MEAN TIDE, written by Liska Ostojic & Justin Partridge, from a screenplay by Mark DeGaetani, and helmed by award-winning indie director Shana Betz (FREE RIDE starring Anna Paquin).
Lynch is repped by Anonymous Content and Paradigm. Cohen is repped by Gersh and Jeremy Platt at Plattform.