FilmNation picks controversial 'Grace' helmer for horror thriller

FilmNation Entertainment is looking to “The Faces,” tapping Paul Solet (“Grace”) to direct the horror thriller from Eric Reese’s spec script.

Story centers on a pair of newlyweds who, a year after narrowly escaping a brutal kidnapping, find themselves plagued by a horrifying series of events. They soon discover the existence of an elite underworld society which uses terror as a means of entertainment.

FilmNation and Sonny Mallhi (“The Strangers”) are producing; Chuck Simon is exec producing.

FilmNation president of production Aaron Ryder told Variety that the script is being rewritten with plans to start casting this fall and go into production in the first quarter. He noted that “The Faces” is being aimed as a project with broad commercial appeal rather than as a genre title — along the same lines as its recently completed “House at the End of the Street” starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Solet’s first feature “Grace” premiered at Sundance in 2009, and played subsequently as SXSW, Brussels, Gerardmer and Sitges. “Grace” focuses on a mother who carries a dead fetus to term, but gives birth to a live child with an appetite for blood.

Solet is represented by Principato-Young Entertainment, agent David Boxerbaum and attorney Carolyn Conrad. Reese is repped by CAA and The Gotham Group.

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