So what is Johnston doing with his newly established cred that has erased memories of "The Wolfman"? He's going to direct a microbudget thriller of course. Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, and produced by Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "Insidious") the lamely titled "Not Safe For Work" centers on a paralegal who's trapped at the office while a killer is on the warpath to destroy files for another corporation. So yeah, sounds like one of those flimsy, one dimenstional loglines that will be stretched into a 90 minute movie. Why Johnston wants to direct a movie about a psychopath destroying files and perhaps people is beyond us, but if he was looking for something different than his usual more tentpole-oriented gigs, he found it.
Oh, the other reason he's doing this? Johnston has a back-end deal so if the movie is a blockbuster, he'll get a nice healthy reward which is probably a nice change from the paltry dollars Marvel hands out to their talent. No word on when this might lens, but these microbudget movies -- this one is slated to cost $2.5 million -- tend to move fast. [THR]