Company acquires feature rights to Chase Novak horror novel
Summit Entertainment is looking to “Breed,” acquiring feature rights to Chase Novak’s horror novel and tapping Burr Steers to write and direct. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films are producing.“Breed,” published in September, follows the aftermath of an experimental fertility treatment that turns a couple into bloodthirsty savages. Mulholland Books ordered a sequel novel from Novak — a pseudonym used by novelist Scott Spencer — before “Breed” was published. Steers most recently directed “Charlie St. Cloud” and “17 Again.” His writing credits include “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Igby Goes Down,” which he also directed. It’s the second teaming between Summit and Heyday Films following Summit’s acquisition of worldwide film and TV rights to “The Night Circus” last year. Moira Buffini is adapting that script from Erin Morgenstern’s novel. Spencer has written 11 novels including two that were adapted into movies — 1981’s “Endless Love” and 1991’s “Waking the Dead.” Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz and Jina Jones will oversee “Breed” for the studio. Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio. CAA brokered the deal for Novak in conjunction with Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Steers is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and attorney Darren Tratner of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris.