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Phoenix books ‘Pariah’ pic

Fischer, Thwaites are overseeing project

Phoenix Pictures has acquired feature rights to Graham Masterton’s psychological horror novel “The Pariah” and tapped Brian Carr to adapt.

Story focuses on a man haunted by his dead wife. Her return and the town’s ghostly sightings are linked to a long-forgotten shipwreck off the New England coast. Tor Books published the novel in 1984.

Phoenix will produce the project with Underground Films’ Nick Osborne. Trevor Engelson will co-produce.

Phoenix VP of production Brad Fischer and director of development David Thwaites are overseeing the project.

Carr is writing “The Lost Boys” for Mostow/Lieberman and Universal Studios. He also penned “Into the Ether,” which  was set up at Dimension.

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