James Wan to Produce New Line's Horror Film Sweet Tooth
Posted 2017/09/14 0 0
New Line Cinema is preparing a new horror film by adapting the Dutch horror short Sweet Tooth into a feature film.
THR reported that James Wan and Chris Bender are on board to produce Sweet Tooth, a feature expansion on the same-named Dutch horror short. Nico van den Brink, who wrote and directed the short, is attached to direct the feature.
“The short centers on a woman who comes home in her large apartment tenement. Watching the news, she discovers that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed, but then enters creep zone territory when she begins to hear the laughter and running of the munchkins.”
Aside from co-creating the Saw franchise along screenwriter Leigh Whannell, Wan has established himself as a big name in the horror genre, directing films like Insidious, The Conjuring, and producing the spinoffs Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun. Among his most recent work, and outside the horror genre, is DC’s Aquaman, where he serves as director and co-writer. Chris Bender’s producer credits include films from different genres, such as American Pie, Cats & Dogs, Final Destination, and The Hangover trilogy.
Van den Brink is an award-winning director who studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Film Academy. He has helmed a number of short films and commercials, but Sweet Tooth will represent his first feature.
Development of “Sweet Tooth” appears similar to that of New Line’s highly successful 2016 thriller “Lights Out,” which grossed nearly $150 million worldwide on a $5 million budget. The studio hired Swedish director David F. Sandberg to helm the movie, based on his 2013 short film of the same name, with Wan producing along with Lawrence Grey and Eric Heisserer.