It was a flash bomb of an public sale. Inside 36 hours of first hitting the city, a bundle that includes a 39-page brief story titled “Occupant” and written by beginner Victor Sweetser noticed presents zoom from a $25,000 choice to a last buy worth of excessive mid-six figures. There have been quite a few studios and filmmakers preventing within the trenches for the challenge — Paramount, Lionsgate, Amazon — however in the long run it was New Line that received it.
The early February brouhaha illustrates the recent streak of Zach Cregger, the filmmaker behind final yr’s horror hit Barbarian, which price $4.5 million to make after which grossed greater than $40 million domestically for twentieth Century Studios. Cregger is connected to provide Occupant together with frequent companion Roy Lee and Scott Glassgold, who originated and developed the challenge. Occupant is described as a reverse haunted home story. As a substitute of a household transferring into an abode, right here a historic home is moved for preservation functions right into a neighborhood. Scares ensue.
It’s Cregger’s third challenge to be arrange in as many weeks, extremely uncommon for a neophyte filmmaker, albeit one additionally repped by CAA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen.
Initially of the yr, Cregger arrange horror thriller Weapons in a frenzied public sale that New Line additionally received and that may see the filmmaker incomes $10 million to write down and direct what will likely be his follow-up to Barbarian. Days later, New Line (once more) went all in for Companion, a sci-fi thriller that Cregger will produce with BoulderLight Footage and Lee. Each (sure, each) tasks got here with computerized inexperienced lights and are anticipated to shoot this summer time.
Earlier than this second, Cregger was within the comedy recreation as a co-founder of the comedy troupe The Whitest Children U’ Know and co-directed a little-seen 2009 film titled Miss March. He additionally starred in a comedy titled Wrecked that aired on TBS for 3 seasons.
Barbarian was rejected by virtually each manufacturing entity in Hollywood, in some circumstances twice, because of its distinctive construction and lots of twists. However the film proved to be a success with audiences and critics, and particularly with different producers and executives who instantly wished to be within the Cregger enterprise.
“He capitalized after which he leveled up,” says an govt at a rival studio that misplaced out on Occupant.
New Line, for one, is thrilled to be within the burgeoning Cregger enterprise. With horror one of many few genres persistently working theatrically outdoors the superhero style, it now has three tasks tied to a expertise poised to grow to be a voice within the scary film division.
“If I simply noticed Barbarian, it will be sufficient for me to wager on Zach having an extended and spectacular profession,” stated New Line’s president and CCO, Richard Brener. “However after studying Weapons and discussing Companion and The Occupant with him, it’s a digital lock. If you add how collaborative and personable he’s on prime of that, effectively, I hope he’s a part of the New Line household so long as doable.”
A model of this story first appeared within the Feb. 15 concern of Latest Hollywood News journal. Click on right here to subscribe.