Hayden Panettiere and Nikki Reed have boarded thriller “Downers Grove,” based on Michael Hornberg’s novel. Bret Easton Ellis penned the adapted script.
Myriad Pictures, which has acquired rights to the project, is launching the pic at AFM and is repping rights everywhere except North America.
Nelson McCormick (“Prom Night”) is set to direct the film, which revolves around a cursed high school in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove. At the end of each school year, one senior dies in a bizarre death.
Rebecca De Mornay also stars.
Media Talent Group’s Oren Segal is producing with Bystander Films’ Chiara Trento and MangroveMedia’s Jason Dubin.
Myriad and the producers are putting together financing for the pic, which McCormick will start shooting in Louisiana in the spring. Myriad VP of acquisitions and productions Amanda Blue brought in the project.
“The combination of the thriller genre, a very popular and well-known cast, Bret Easton Ellis’ dynamic screenplay and Nelson McCormick’s incredible skill with young actors and ability to create tension and terror on-screen is just unbeatable,” Myriad CEO-prexy Kirk D’Amico said.
Panettiere’s credits include “Scream 4” and TV’s “Heroes.” Reed, who stars in the “Twilight” franchise, was also in “Lords of Dogtown” and “Thirteen.”
Myriad’s other AFM projects include Kevin Spacey-Jeremy Irons-Zachary Quinto topliner “Margin Call” and action-comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber.