Screen Gems Launching Horror-Thriller ‘Scarecrow’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Screen Gems Launching Horror-Thriller 'Scarecrow' (EXCLUSIVE)

'The Strangers' director will produce through Unbroken Pictures banner

Sony’s Screen Gems has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller “Scarecrow” with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing.

Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s “The Strangers,” and Adrienne Biddle are producing through their Unbroken Pictures banner.

Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper and Scott Strauss will oversee “Scarecrow” for the company.

Bertino wrote and directed “Mockingbird,” which he also produced with Biddle. That title will be released Oct. 6 through Blumhouse’s newly launched BH Tilt label.

Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper and Scott Strauss will oversee “Scarecrow” for the company.

Unbroken is currently in pre-production on “There Are Monsters” with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.

It’s also developing supernatural horror movie “February” with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts attached and supernatural thriller “Stephanie” with Blumhouse and The Gotham Group with Akiva Goldsman directing.

Bertino’s “The Strangers,” starring Liv Tyler, was a solid hit as it grossed over $80 million worldwide.

Biddle and Bertino are repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.   Scannell is repped by UTA.


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  1. The other guy says:

    A remote lake house! Seriously, thats the best he could come up with.
    I lost interest right there. Thats one of there biggest cliches in the horror genre today.
    I am with Leon on this one.
    Cant remember the last good horror I saw. Which is a shame as I used to love horror films but these days its all cliche driven, far fetched in your face nonsense.
    At least its not another found footage piece of crap though, so at least it has that going for it.

  2. rainchavez says:

    This is so awesome! Love the logline. Excited to see who directs and who is casted.

  3. Leon says:

    This movie sounds awful. How many times do we need to watch a mother fight for her daughters. All these horror movies are the same now. It will probably be pg 13 too. Massive fail. I guess the slimebal bowl a Rama will have to do on DVD. Nobody makes good horror anymore. It’s all about women and their daughters these days. Major fail!!!

  4. David L. Carter says:

    Congratulations, Mike! I know how hard you’ve worked on this script. Can’t wait to be there opening night.

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