“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is adapting the YA supernatural book series “Anna Dressed in Blood” into a movie franchise.
Maddie Hasson of the ABC Family series ‘Twisted” and Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless,” “Gotham”) have been cast in the new film from Fickle Fish Films producers Meyer and Meghan Hibbett. Trish Sie (“Step Up: All In”) will direct from a screenplay written by Allison Wood.
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are producing with Meyer and Hibbett and are financing the project.
The Solution will introduce the film to buyers and handle international sales at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group represents the U.S. rights and packaged the project. The film is slated to begin principal photography this November.
Meyer optioned the book “Anna Dressed in Blood,” the first novel in the two-book series, from author Kendare Blake.
Monaghan will play a young man who kills the dead, armed with his father’s mysterious dagger. He stumbles upon a ghost — called “Anna Dressed in Blood” — who has slayed every person who dared to step into the deserted Victorian house she used to call home. “Anna” (Hasson) decides to spare Monaghan’s character’s life and the two realize that they may have finally found the one person who can help them unravel their complicated pasts, and survive their complicated present.
“Finding the right actors has been top priority,” said Sie. “It’s critical we achieve just the right tone and identify the magical combination of people that brings crackling electricity to these characters and their story.”
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“We literally searched the world for over a year to find the perfect actors to bring this genre-spanning story to life. Cameron and Maddie, both so talented individually, together have that rare and extraordinary chemistry that lights up the screen,” said Meyer. “Trish Sie has the perfect background to visually translate Kendare Blake’s compelling story in a way that speaks to the modern viewer.”
Meyer and Hibbett produced “Austenland,” starring Keri Russell, and Open Road Film’s “The Host,” directed by Andrew Niccol, based on a novel written by Meyer.