Summit Entertainment has tapped Sean Hood to adapt “The Watcher,” a cult suspense novel written by Charles Maclean.
First published in 1982, the book was one of the first pieces of source material acquired by Summit. It’s the story of a man who commits a terrible crime and goes to a psychiatrist to find out why he suddenly went berserk.
Project gained new momentum as part of Summit’s efforts to ramp up production under prexy Eric Feig and new development veep Adrienne Biddle.
Hood also offered a new take on the material. “The main character is problematic,” Hood said. “He performs a ghastly act of violence. The solution we found was to tell it through the eyes of a secondary character” — the protag’s wife.
Hood, repped by Gersh, previously wrote “The Dorm” for MTV Films and “The Crow: Wicked Prayer” for Dimension.
In the fall, Summit plans to begin shooting Doug Liman’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” a Regency co-production starring Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman.