Helmer to direct Misha Green's thriller

After languishing in development for years, Misha Green’s script “Sunflower,” which appeared on the 2008 Black List, has new momentum in the form of Adam Blaiklock, who has come on to direct the thriller for Twentieth Century Fox and Red Hour Films.

Story follows two young women are held hostage in a prison-like farmhouse by a deranged college professor. As they struggle to survive, they’re forced to face the possibility of fighting each other for their lives.

In a change of pace from their typical comedy output, Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld will produce for Red Hour, whose exec Erica Steinberg will also produce. Steinberg brought the project in and championed Blaiklock after seeing his previous pic “Caught Inside,” which played SXSW last year and like “Sunflower,” was also a contained thriller.

Green’s script earned 14 votes on the 2008 Black List, where it tied with “The Descendants” and “Going the Distance.” Scribe has written episodes of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Heroes,” and is currently working on a Paramount project for producers Francis Lawrence, Tim Kring and 3 Arts Entertainment, which Green along with CAA and attorney Derek Kroeger.

Blaiklock is repped by UTA and manager Tobin Babst of Kaplan/Perrone.

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