“I just wanted an autograph!”
The trailer has arrived for The Fanatic, an upcoming thriller that has the bizarre combo of John Travolta acting like a crazy stalker and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst as director/co-writer. Travolta stars as Moose, a movie fan who is obsessed with action star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). It begins as simply creepy stalking, but things escalate, and Hunter is soon tied to the bed.
It doesn’t look all that terrible, which may not sound like a huge compliment, but take it as one; some of Travolta’s offerings in the last few years … haven’t been great. This could be a tight little thriller if Durst keeps the simple premise moving at a quick pace and doesn’t let Travolta overact up a storm. We’ll see. By the way, this film’s crazy fan plot is allegedly inspired by a real-life stalker that targeted Durst years ago.
This marks the third feature directorial effort from Durst. He directed Jesse Eisenberg-starring coming-of-age film The Education of Charlie Banks back in 2007 and delivered his sophomore effort the following year with Ice Cube comedy The Longshots.
The Fanatic, also starring Ana Golja, Jacob Grodnik and James Paxton, will start its limited US release and be released on VOD on August 30.
Official synopsis for The Fanatic:
Moose is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he is cheated out of his opportunity to finally meet Hunter, Moose gets a little help from his friend Leah, a well-connected paparazzi photographer, who knows how to find celebrity homes. Moose turns to stalking to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves, and while harmless at first, Moose’s actions begin to take a dark turn as his obsession grows stronger. As the visits continue to escalate, Hunter Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger.