Horror in Fortress

Orphanage-Belateche twist scares up sale

Special effects/production shingle the Orphanage has sold Irving Belateche’s untitled teen horror pitch to Fortress Entertainment.

Company, which recently completed special effects work on “Sin City” and is in production on “Superman Returns” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” will provide visual effects for the film.

Details of the pic are being kept under wraps, but it’s described as a fresh spin on the 1980s teen horror genre.

The Orphanage’s head of production, Amy Israel, will produce the film with founding partner Scott Stewart. Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress will exec produce, with VP Jessica Cox overseeing the project for the shingle.

“Irving came up with a wickedly scary and fun story,” Israel said. “We’re delighted to be working with Fortress to bring it to the screen. They were really aggressive in snapping up the pitch and taking it off the market.”

Belateche has several projects set up around town, including “Time Killer” at New Line with Rod Lurie attached to direct; “The Reckoning,” at Odd Lot Entertainment with Laurence Bender producing; and “Demolished Man” at Paramount with Andrew Dominik attached to direct.

15 offspring

The Orphanage’s original productions division was launched two years ago and has more than 15 film and TV projects in development.

This fall, Ed Stone (“Happy, Texas”) will make his directorial debut on the romantic comedy “Griffin and Phoenix,” starring Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney.

Also in the works is the Southern Gothic TV miniseries “Blackwater,” set up at the Sci Fi Channel with Mandalay co-producing and Sony deficit financing.

Israel most recently co-exec produced “Shall We Dance” for Miramax and produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winner “Hysterical Blindness” for HBO.

Upcoming Fortress projects include “Bull,” which is about the true stories of three celebrated bull riders and is being produced with Basil Iwanyk, and “Dreamtective,” based on Elizabeth Swados’ teen fantasy novel.

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