Mark Duplass has been one of the busiest people in show business over the past decade, writing and directing movies with his brother Jay, producing for his friends, and taking on acting roles in both films and television. He’s about to get even busier, now that the Weinsteins’ imprint Radius-TWC has signed on to work with Duplass and producer Jason Blum on a trilogy of thrillers. The first film in the series, Creep, debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival last month, and stars Duplass as a mysterious and fatally ill man named Josef who pays a hard-up filmmaker named Aaron to make a video he can leave behind for his family when his cancer catches up with him. Patrick Brice plays Aaron, and also directed the film, from a script he co-wrote with Duplass.
Blum is best-known as the producer of the Paranormal Activity series, which makes sense, given Creep’s “found footage”-like premise. According to the SXSW reviews, it’s also an effective suspense film with some comic elements, highlighted by a charismatic performance by Duplass, whose Josef proves to have secret motivations that threaten Aaron’s life. Since I haven’t seen Creep myself, I have no idea how the film could be spun off into a trilogy—and I’m kind of concerned that even knowing it’s going to be a trilogy spoils the ending a little. But Duplass is frequently impressive as an actor, in movies like Humpday and sitcoms like The League and The Mindy Project, and if anyone could play a likable psychopath, it’s him.
The first Creep doesn’t have a release date yet, but will likely come out later this year, perhaps after the August 15 release of the dramedy The One I Love, another Radius-TWC release produced by and starring Duplass.