Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, has picked up the rights to the horror novel Breed, by Chase Novak, also known as Scott Spencer. Summit has tapped Burr Steers to write and direct the adaptation. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films are set to produce.
Breed, follows the a couple who take part in an experimental fertility treatment that turns them into bloodthirsty savages, leading them on a desperate quest to find a cure.
Spencer has penned 11 novels, and is best known for writing Endless Love, which has sold over 2 million copies and garnered a nomination for the National Book Award. Mulholland Books has also ordered a sequel to Breed.
Breed marks Summit's second deal with Heyday Films following the studio's acquisition of all worldwide film and television rights to The Night Circus in January 2011. Moira Buffini is currently writing the script for the film based on Erin Morgenstern's novel.
Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group's President of Production, Geoff Shaevitz, Summit Entertainment's President of Production, and Jina Jones, Lionsgate's Director of Development, will oversee Breed for the studio.