James Russo has signed on to play Sheriff Demming. Russo appeared opposite Johnny Depp in Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate (1999).

Dark Woods is a mystery thriller written by John Muscanero and based on true events. It follows a couple who moves to a secluded cabin in the woods to cope with a terminal illness of the wife. As the wife’s condition drags her deeper into dementia and darkness, the husband’s friendship with a local teenage girl takes a dangerous and obsessive turn.

The film is said to be similar to Roman Polanski’s Repulsion or the works of David Lynch and Michael Haneke, with the feeling of the 1969 French classic The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) which starred Romy Schneider and Alain Delon.

Other Russo films include Kevin Costner’s The Postman (1997) and Open Range (2003), plus Beverly Hills Cop (1984), We’re No Angels (1989), Donnie Brasco (1996), No Way Home (1996), and a number of low budget crimers.

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