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Screen Gems has tapped Jon Cassar to direct the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks.”

Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne will produce the project.

Story follows a professional couple who are unable to conceive their own child and decide to hire a young blue collar woman as a surrogate, before she develops a psychotic fixation on the husband which becomes violent and deadly before the baby is born.

Best known for his work on the hit TV show “24,” Cassar played a key role in the latest season, “24: Live Another Day,” acting as one of the exec producers in addition to directing several episodes.

He is currently working on the pilot “Between” for Netflix. Cassar is repped by Paradigm.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, Bough was misspelled Bow