×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Filmmaker will scare up tween aud with horror pic

'Scared Stiff' moves from Scholastics to the silver screen

HOLLYWOOD — Filmmaker William Moreing is adapting tween bestseller “Scared Stiff,” with Scholastic Books authors Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner to pen the script.

Story concerns a teenage brother and sister who live above their parents’ mortuary business. They must stop the corpse of a mass murderer that has come back to life and is out for revenge.

“The potential audience for ‘Scared Stiff’ is huge,” said Moreing of the 9- to 16-year-old market. “There are many R-rated horror films released every year but virtually none made for younger teens and pre-teens.”

Pic, which will have less graphic violence than an R-rated pic, will emphasize friendship as the teens survive by leaning on each other and finding the strength to overcome the odds.

Laura Weil Gleason will produce.

Pic is Moreing’s second feature after “Joyful Partaking.”

Beecham and Hillgartner, who publish under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, most recently published the book series “Love Letters” through Simon & Schuster.

“Stiff” has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. and abroad.

More Film

  • Glass trailer

    'Glass': Five Box Office Takeaways From M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller

    With his fifth No. 1 box office opening, M. Night Shyamalan has plenty to celebrate. “Glass,” the conclusion to a trilogy that consists of the 2000 cult hit “Unbreakable” and 2016’s box office sensation “Split,” topped the box office last weekend — though its win comes with a few caveats. James McAvoy reprised his role [...]

  • Berlin: Patra Spanou Picks Up Panorama

    Berlin: Patra Spanou Picks Up Panorama Title 'Family Members' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Patra Spanou has picked up world sales rights to “Los miembros de la familia” (Family Members), which will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. Variety has been given an exclusive first look of the film’s trailer. The film is the second feature from writer/director Mateo Bendesky, and is produced by Agustina Costa [...]

  • Great Point Media, The Development Partnership

    Great Point Media, The Development Partnership Join Forces on Slate of Movies

    Great Point Media and The Development Partnership, the development and production arm of Robert Taylor’s talent agency the Artists Partnership, are joining forces to develop, package, and co-produce multiple films, kicking off with three projects, including “Chasing Agent Freegard,” starring James Norton (“War & Peace”). “Chasing Agent Freegard,” which is being produced by “Captain Phillips” [...]

  • Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’

    Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’ Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films, a leading sales agent on the independent Latin American scene, has announced the acquisition of Brazilian doc “Landless,” and released a trailer for the Costa Rican-Spanish drama “El despertar de las hormigas.” Both features will play at this year’s Berlinale Forum and come from young Latin American filmmakers making their [...]

  • Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to

    Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote 'Deadpool 2' in China

    Ryan Reynolds canceled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm “Deadpool” fans in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the franchise’s unexpected China theatrical debut. Just last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 “Deadpool 2” would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the notoriously blood-splattered and foul-mouthed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content