Devlin’s Due: GR native’s first movie hits theaters

January 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm by under Entertainment
Lindsay Devlin, writer of "Devil's Due" and GR native (courtesy Lindsay Devlin)

Lindsay Devlin, writer of “Devil’s Due” and GR native (courtesy Lindsay Devlin)

The mind behind the new horror movie “Devil’s Due” is Lindsay Devlin from West Michigan, but its not the kind of script she thought would be her first story turned into a movie.

Devlin grew up in Grand Rapids, graduated from Forest Hills Central H.S. in 1994, and from the University of Michigan Magna cum laude with dual majors in English and Film in 1998.  She’s worked for a large agency, production companies, and then as an independent development executive/producer and screen writer.

“Devil’s Due” was not her first screenplay, but it was her first to get picked up and turned into a movie. And it all happened in less than two years – that’s quick by Hollywood standards.

How it happened….
From her current home in Los Angeles, Devlin tells the story (in Hollywood Journal) of how she started on the path to creating a horror movie in the Spring of 2012: “About a year and a half ago, I had an intense dream about a ‘paranormal pregnancy’… I was amazed to find out that many people believe that pregnant women develop a kind of sixth sense, a hypersensitivity to the supernatural.”  As her pregnant friends told stories about their physical changes and emotions, Devlin realized that her dream could be the basis for an allegorical film tackling all the real fears that new parents go through during pregnancy.

"Devils Due" poster courtesy 20th Century Fox

“Devils Due” poster courtesy 20th Century Fox

She later wrote an outline during a trip to Kauai, deciding it should be in the style of a “found footage” movie as new parents today are documenting every step of the process with video cameras and camera phones.
“I had no idea that just a year and a half later, these ideas would be the basis of a major motion picture.
She credits “timing, luck, opportunity and the foresight of a handful of people who saw something in it, perhaps even more than I did.”

So why a horror movie?
Devlin says she dreams of some day writing a children’s book… that growing up, she thought of herself as Laura Ingalls growing up and that some of her favorite books are ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘Little Women’, and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
One of her favorite early Disney movies was “The Watcher in the Woods” (1980).
She thinks its because she’s a “Type A, take-charge kind of person, so there’s something thrilling and delicious about being scared and losing that kind of control – succumbing to the dark corners of your own mind”. She adds, “Scary tales can also be romantic in the classic sense of the word… there’s a reason some of the most famous gothic horror writers were women (Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Jackson)”.

"Devil's Due" Writer chair - photo courtesy Lindsay Devlin

“Devil’s Due” Writer chair – photo courtesy Lindsay Devlin

What’s Next?

Lindsay is currently adapting two young adult books – writing the movie feature “Reboot” for Fox 2000, and “Beta” for an ABC television series pilot.
You can follow Lindsay on twitter: @DevlinLindsay

Her brother is actor Ryan Devlin. Who has many TV appearances, including on “Brothers and Sisters”, and the indie movie “Weather Girl” (2009).

“Devil’s Due” Official plot synopsis from 20th Century Fox
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
You can watch the official movie trailer here:
The film was shot in New Orleans and the Dominican Republic and stars Allison Miller (“Terra Nova”) and Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”).

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