‘Waiting’ gathering goosebumps

'Scream' began Craven's success with prod'n co.

NEW YORK — Continuing to develop its long-standing relationship with director Wes Craven and producer Marianne Maddalena, Dimension Films has lined up two projects to be produced by the duo’s Craven-Maddalena Films stable under its first-look overall deal with the studio.

First up is “The Waiting,” a psychological thriller about a mother haunted by her dead child, written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles Eliot White. Second is “The Untitled Cop/Exorcist Project,” based on a real-life NYPD officer who investigates paranormal cases.

CMF will produce both projects, with Lou DiGiaimo on board to produce the latter pic. Directors have not yet been attached.

Dimension Films’ history with CMF began in 1996, when Craven carved out a new audience for horror movies with his genre-savvy slasher pic “Scream,” written by Kevin Williamson. The film’s success spawned the highest-grossing horror trilogy on record, with domestic box office hitting $293.5 million. CMF’s first-look deal with Dimension was set up in 1997.

Craven is in production for Dimension on “Cursed,” starring Christina Ricci, Skeet Ulrich, Scott Foley, Shannon Elizabeth and Scott Baio, to be released in 2004.

Alix Taylor, VP of development for CMF, brought the projects to Dimension and will oversee their development. Dimension senior VP of production and development Robbie Brenner will oversee “The Waiting,” with director of production and development Nick Phillips overseeing “Cop/Exorcist” for the studio.

Andrew Gumpert, exec VP of business and legal affairs, and Brian Burkin, senior VP of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal for Dimension.