Stephenie Meyer is heading into horror with her next film project – and Lionsgate is getting on board.
The studio has acquired “Down a Dark Hall,” a film adaptation of the 1974 Lois Duncan novel that the “Twilight” scribe is producing, it was announced today. The book centers on teenage protagonist Kit Gordy as she enters the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, only to come up against supernatural forces within its walls that could ultimately destroy her. Director Rodrigo Cortés (“Red Lights”) is set to helm the project from a script by his “Buried” screenwriter Chris Sparling, who will work off a previous draft by Michael Goldbach (“Daydream Nation”).
Meyer's previous producing credits include the last two “Twilight” installments as well as “The Host,” an adaptation of her sci-fi novel of the same name that suffered from withering reviews and lackluster box office when it was released last March.
A number of Duncan's novels have been turned into films previously, most famously the 1997 teen-horror hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe.
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