Filmmaker Akiva Goldsman has signed on to direct the horror-thriller Stephanie for producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions company.

The story centers on a young abandoned girl who develops superhuman abilities, whose life is turned upside down when a man and woman claiming to be her parents emerge, which causes havoc on her new gifts. The script was written by Luke Piotrowsky and Ben Collins, which landed on the Blood List back in 2012. The Blood List is the horror-equivalent of The Black list, recognizing the best unproduced horror screenplays. The writers also recently completed a script for Luc Besson entitled Underground, based on Luc Besson's original idea.

Jason Blum and Blumhouse are producing alongside Matthew Kaplan, Adrienne Biddle and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, with Bryan Bertino, Eric Robinson and Nate Matteson serving as executive producers. While the project doesn't have a studio home at this time, Jason Blum has a first-look deal with Universal, so it's possible that Stephanie could land there. The producers are eyeing a fall shooting start.

Akiva Goldsman made his directorial debut earlier this year with Winter's Tale. As a screenwriter, he won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, and he also wrote the upcoming The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1.