The project, named to the 2015 Black List, was written by Barbara Marshall (“The Listener”) and will be produced by Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark (“Viral”).
The film centers on a 16-year-old misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted only to discover that each wish would demand a deadly payment.
Leonetti was also the cinematographer on “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” prior to directing “The Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” which was a massive hit for New Line with $265 million in worldwide grosses.
“We are thrilled that John has come onboard to direct ‘Wish Upon,'” said Broad Green Pictures COO Daniel Hammond. “His impeccable eye towards realism and talent for catching audiences off-guard will, without a doubt, make this film unforgettable.”
Two-year-old Broad Green laid off 6% of its staff of 90 earlier this month following a disappointing box office performance by Bryan Cranston’s “The Infiltrator.” Its top grosser has been “A Walk in the Woods,” which earned $30 million at the domestic box office.
The deal was brokered on behalf of Leonetti by CAA, and Andrew Hurwitz, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz,