Chris Sparling, the writer of Buried and ATM, is making his directorial debut with the supernatural thriller The Atticus Institute. Peter Safran of The Conjuring is on producing duties and we’ve got a synopsis for you below. Courtesy of Twitch, the sales art to tout the film at the American Film Market.
During the late 1970s, hundreds of cases of psi-related phenomena – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. – were studied at The Atticus Institute, a small psychology lab founded by Dr. Henry West.
After publishing numerousjournal articles highlighting the promising results of their work, Dr. West and his fellow researchers were introduced to an unusual middle-age womannamed Judith Winstead, whose supernatural abilities tested far beyond any subject they had ever before witnessed. However, it soon became clear that Judith’s abilities were different in ways they could never have anticipated.
Upon learning of Judith, officials from the U.S. Department of Defense were dispatched to The Atticus Institute to observe her, wherein theydetermined, after strict scientific study, that her physical body was under the control of an unknown malevolent force, thus granting herenormous and nearly unlimited power. This was, and to this day remains, the only government-confirmed case of possession.
The film is currently in post-production.