Mike Flanagan to direct Intrepid’s ‘Oculus’

He co-wrote script with Jeff Howard

Mike Flanagan has come on board to direct Intrepid Pictures’ horror project “Oculus” from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard.

Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce and are fully financing through their Intrepid shingle. Anil Kurian will exec produce.

Production is set for a late summer start. International sales are being handled by Focus Features Intl.

Intrepid and Focus previously collaborated on the international release of “The Strangers.”

Story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

Flanagan was writer-director of micro-budget horror pic “Absentia,” which won best feature at the 2011 Los Angeles-based Shriekfest and was distribbed by Phase 4 Films on homevid and VOD.

Intrepid’s “The Raven,” starring John Cusack, opens this weekend through Relativity. Its next project, “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is set for release in September through Summit. Intrepid is also in post-production on teen thriller “Crush,” starring Crystal Reed and Lucas Till, and recently acquired feature rights to Patrick Carman’s supernatural novels “Skeleton Creek” and “13 Days to Midnight.”

Flanagan and Howard are repped by APA and Affirmative Entertainment. Flanagan is also repped by attorney Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis Wetzstein.

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