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Paramount Players Buys Horror Film ‘Eli,’ Sets 2019 Release Date

Newly minted Paramount Players has acquired psychological horror movie “Eli,” its first film to go in to production, and set a Jan. 4, 2019 release date.

“Sinister 2” director Ciaran Foy is attached to helm. Trevor Macy will produce via his Intrepid Pictures banner.

Foy will direct the David Chirchirillo screenplay, which was on the 2015 Black List script, which Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing revised. John Zaozirny will also produce through Bellevue Productions.  Matt Alvarez will executive produce, and Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.

The story centers on a young boy undergoing treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.

Foy has a number of projects in the works with Blumhouse productions, including “The Shee,” which he will write and direct. Foy’s debut feature was “Citadel,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and won the festival’s Midnighters Audience Award.

Intrepid is currently in production on “The Haunting of Hill House” for Paramount TV and Netflix. Its recent releases include “Gerald’s Game,” based on Stephen King novel for Netflix; “The Bye Bye Man” for STX; and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” for Universal.

Goldberg and Naing recently wrote “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” for James Wan, who is developing for New Line Cinema.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins in charge. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on contemporary properties so the “Eli” project shows that Paramount Players is also going beyond Viacom properties for its slate.

“Eli” is the first title to land on the Jan. 4, 2019 date.

Foy is represented by UTA, Management 360, and Ziffren Brittenham. Goldberg is represented by WME, The Nacelle Company, and Del Shaw Moonves. Naing is represented by APA, Circle of Confusion, and Del Shaw Moonves. Chirchirillo is represented by APA, Bellevue Productions, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.  Intrepid was represented by Reder & Feig in the deal.

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