According to Variety, Phoenix Pictures has acquired Katt Shea's new script The Tutor for producers Robert Chartoff and Lynn Hendee in a low-six-figure deal. Shea (Poison Ivy) also is attached to direct the pic, based on Peter Abraham's latest suspense yarn.

The story revolves around an affable, brilliant man who moves in with a family to help their son improve his SAT scores. After earning their trust, he then subtly exploits each household member, imperiling the family.