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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.

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