Gems revives horror franchise

Screen Gems has acquired remake rights to 1987 horror pic “The Stepfather” for Greg Mooradian and Maverick Films to produce.

In the original “Stepfather,” which was based on a true story, Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”) plays a seemingly normal man, who wants the perfect family. When they don’t measure up, he eliminates them and moves on to find his next perfect family.

New pic is being produced by Mooradian and Maverick’s Mark Morgan and Guy Oseary. Robert Green of Granada exec produces.

Mooradian, Morgan and Oseary also are producers on Fox 2000’s “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” based on the children’s book by Rick Riordan.

Maverick’s slate includes remake “My Sassy Girl,” being produced with Vertigo and Gold Circle Films, and “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”

Screen Gems’ upcoming releases include “The Covenant” and “Vacancy.”

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