Analeigh Tipton is in negotiations to star in the horror-thriller Viral, formerly known as Pest, which has Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) attached to direct. We first reported on the project back in July, when Dimension Films picked up the distribution rights. At the time, Mark Tonderai was set to direct, but he is no longer involved in the project.
The story centers on a parasitic outbreak that causes its hosts to crave their fellow humans, with alien tentacles growing from their bodies. Analeigh Tipton is playing a teenager named Stacey, who lives in a peaceful suburb with her parents and younger sister Emma, when their lives are upended by this outbreak. They become trapped within their quarantined city as the infected grow more and more violent. More casting news is expected to come in the near future, as the filmmakers begin to lock in Analeigh Tipton's co-stars.
Barbara Marshall wrote the original script, which landed on both The Black List and The Hit List in 2012, with Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) performing the most recent rewrites. Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse Productions company, alongside Chapter One Films' Matthew Kaplan and Busted Shark's Sherryl Clark. No production schedule was given.