Jennifer Lopez to Star in New Jason Blum Thriller ‘The Boy Next Door’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jennifer Lopez
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"xXx" helmer Rob Cohen to direct

Jennifer Lopez has landed in Jason Blum’s new micro-budget thriller, “The Boy Next Door,” that the “Paranormal Activity” producer will make under his first-look deal at Universal.

Lopez will star as a newly separated mother who begins an affair with a new teenage neighbor who befriends her son. Trouble ensues, however, when she tries to abruptly end the relationship.

xXx” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” director Rob Cohen is in talks to direct the film from a script by Barbara Curry.

“Next Door” begins shooting in the fall as Lopez’s other high-profile gig, a judging stint on “American Idol,” gears up for its January start.

Blum, who’s known for making films like “The Purge” and his “Paranormal Activity” franchise on a shoestring budget, will produce “Next Door” for between $3 million and $4 million, according to a source close to the project.

Blum has several projects set for release next year, including “Paranormal Activity 5” and “Stretch.” His next thriller, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” hits theaters next week on Sept. 13. Lopez was last seen in “Parker” co-starring Jason Statham.

Blum will produce with Smart Entertainment’s John Jacobs, along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas from Lopez’s production shingle Nuyorican Prods. and Benny Medina. Zac Unterman is serving as an executive producer, while Eric Bromberg and Jessie Israel brought the project to Jacobs.

Lopez is repped by CAA. Cohen is repped by WME.

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  1. Jonah says:

    Bought movie on pay per view, can I get my 5 bucks back!!!

  2. Raul says:

    Jlo is the number one a hug

  3. Jennifer Lopez an exceptional actress (who left a void when she turned to other activities, a vacuum which Eva Mendes quickly filled) has nothing to prove on screen; but her choice of roles — UNFINISHED LIFE, WEDDING PLANNER, etc. — have proven suspect.

    What concerns any fan of her off-and-on movie career is not the “micro-budget” involved with THE BOY NEXT DOOR, but an overly familiar story. Will the filmmakers surprise the audience with J-Lo taking the heat if the whole enterprise fail?

    Let’s keep a good thought.

  4. lalamav says:

    I liked The Cell. Roger Ebert named it one of his “Best Films of the Year”

  5. Sandra says:

    She is a bad actress and the kiss of death for every film

  6. jimstoic says:

    Finally! We know from Out Of Sight and The Cell that she has the ability to pull off interesting roles.

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