Danville native Robby Henson will direct his third feature film, on location in Fresno, Calif., through Nov. 23. Based on the New York Times-bestselling novel by Frank Peretti, "The Visitation" will be distributed by 20th Century Fox and is expected to be released in fall 2005.
"The Visitation," developed by Louisville-based Namesake Entertainment, tracks a series of mysterious sightings that terrorize a sleepy town until the frightening truth behind the sightings finally is revealed. Ralph Winter ("X-men," "Planet of the Apes") is producing "The Visitation," along with Joe Goodman and Bobby Neutz ("Hangman's Curse"). The thriller stars Martin Donovan ("Insomnia," "Traffic" mini-series), Kelly Lynch ("Charlie's Angels," "Joe Somebody"), Edward Furlong ("American History X," "Terminator 2"), and Randy Travis, one of country music's biggest stars who also is an accomplished actor ("Texas Rangers," "Black Dog"). Lousville native and Centre College graduate James Horan also has a featured role.
"The Visitation" is Namesake Entertainment's fifth project since forming in 1996. The company aims to fill a market niche for positive entertainment. Their feature film based on Peretti's novel "Hangman's Curse" was released by 20th Century Fox and is premiered Thursday during ABC Family's "Thirteen Nights of Halloween" event.