In a story from Variety, Screen Gems won the bidding war for Michael Cunningham's (The Hours) Beautiful Girl.
The film will be produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher via their Red Wagon banner.
The script looks at a shy but smart high school girl who starts senior year six dress sizes smaller. She flirts with her handsome English lit teacher, but things take a bad turn when he becomes obsessed with her and starts to kill people who were mean to her in the past.
"While I was writing about Virginia Wolff, my mind was never far removed from the idea of girls in bikinis being hacked up by guys wearing hockey masks, and I vowed that if I ever had a good idea, I would write one of these scary movies," stated Cunningham who us known for more "upscale" fair.
"We've become such genre paisans, and when I showed the script to Doug, he showed it to Clint (Culpepper; Screen Gems president), and it was instant love," Cunningham said. "This summer, I will finish a novel where nobody gets anything gouged out of them, but my plan is to then write another idea I have for an actual monster movie. As it turns out, we sometimes find we can do more than one thing in our lives."