September 25, 2007 at 06:00 PM EDT

Normally, I’d introduce an announcement like this one with a customary serving of contextual snark, but I think this particular press release is best consumed without any foreknowledge whatsoever (which is to say, exactly as I consumed it this morning).


Principal Photography Underway On Twisted Pictures’ And Lionsgate’s Musical Thriller

Lionsgate announced today that Twisted Pictures commenced principal photography this week in Toronto, Canada on Repo! The Genetic Opera. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is directing from a screenplay by Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, co-creators of the original stage production of the same name upon which the film is based.

International recording artist/performer Sarah Brightman (making her feature film debut), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Paris Hilton (House of Wax), Bill Moseley (Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects), Paul Sorvino (The Cooler, Goodfellas), and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) make up the production’s beloved band of misfits in this incarnation. 

Set in the not-so-distant future, the production tells the story of an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of millions.  As scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest program, a multi-billion dollar biotech company called GeneCo begins to manufacture salvation — for a price — offering simple payment plans to those lacking the necessary funds to purchase new body parts outright. But all financed organs are subject to default procedures, including repossession at the hand of the notorious organ repo men.

So, P-dubs, most random cast ever? And who wants odds that — as suggested by the illustrious Gary Susman — a major plot point will revolve around the repossession of Paris Hilton’s vocal cords? (By the way, who could have imagined, when Hilton and Sorvino posed for this picture at the Rush Hour 3 premiere party in Hollywood two months ago, that the two would soon be sci-fi musical costars?)

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