Susco ‘White’ as a sheet

'Grudge' scribe helms first horror pic

NEW YORK — “The Grudge” franchise scribe Stephen Susco will make his directorial debut on the lit adaptation “White” for Focus Features’ genre banner Rogue.

“White” — a bigscreen version of a novella included within author Tim Lebbon’s “White and Other Tales of Ruin” — is an apocalyptic tale centering on a band of people trapped in a blizzard and systematically picked off by mysterious phantoms.

Former Miramax exec Michael Zoumas is producing for his Zoom Entertainment imprint.

The compilation of Lebbon novellas was published in 2003 via Night Shade Books. Susco optioned the story, and he and Zoumas brought the project to Rogue, headed by Andrew Rona and Andrew Karpen.

Zoom, which also is producing for Focus the animated feature “Coraline,” has a first-look pact in place with the genre label.

Rogue recently rolled out “Jet Li’s Fearless.” Banner’s upcoming pics include a remake of “The Hitcher” and ping-pong comedy “Balls of Fury.”

Susco’s “The Grudge 2” opened last weekend for Sony at No. 1. Susco also scripted the first “Grudge” pic. Scribe recently sold his spec “Sanctuary” to Sobini Films.

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