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Lionsgate Steps ‘Down a Dark Hall’ with ‘Twilight’ Author

Lionsgate has acquired rights to supernatural drama “Down a Dark Hall” with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Twilight” film franchise producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.

Rodrigo Cortes will direct “Hall,” based on the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan. Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation with Chris Sparling now writing.

Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Godfrey and Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner. Meyer optioned the book last year.

The story follows the newest student at a boarding school who confronts the darkly seductive powers of the headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural abilities that could make her great or destroy her.

Fickle Fish produced “The Host,” which was adapted from Meyer’s novel, and  “Austenland.” Meyer was also a producer on the final two “Twilight” films.

Besides the “Twilight” franchise, Temple Hill also produced “The Fault in our Stars,”  starring Shailene Woodley.

Cortes directed “Buried,” which was bought by Lionsgate following its Sundance premiere, and “Red Lights.”

Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers are overseeing the project for Lionsgate.  Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.

Fickle Fish, Temple Hill, Sparling, Goldbach and Cortes are represented by UTA. The book was represented by Jody Hotchkiss and Associates.

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