Barbarian Director Zach Cregger Movie Occupant Lands Writer Blair Butler –

New Line Cinema has hired Blair Butler to write the screenplay for “Occupant,” an adaptation of a short story by Victor Sweetser. This is one of New Line’s first development moves after the end of the writers strike. The project was the center of a fierce bidding war, with New Line eventually securing the rights. The logline for the film has been kept under wraps, but it is said to be a unique spin on the haunted house genre. Butler, known for her work in the genre-writing space, has previously written films such as “The Invitation” and “Hell Fest.” She is currently adapting the novel “Home Before Dark” and writing the screenplay for “Omega.” New Line’s successful horror franchise, the Conjuring universe, has recently released “The Nun II,” which has earned over $233.6 million worldwide.

Summery :

– New Line has hired Blair Butler to write the adaptation of the short story “Occupant” by Victor Sweetser.
– Zach Cregger, the filmmaker behind “Barbarian,” is producing the supernatural thriller.
– The project was won by New Line in a bidding war with a six-figure outright buy.
– The story is a twist on the traditional haunted house tale, where a family moves into a spooky home that is mysteriously brought to a small town.
– Butler has written other genre films such as “The Invitation,” “Polaroid,” and “Hell Fest,” and worked on the Marvel-based series “Helstrom.”
– Currently, Butler is adapting the novel “Home Before Dark” and writing the screenplay for the film “Omega.”
– New Line currently has “The Nun II” in theaters, part of their Conjuring universe horror franchise.
– Butler is represented by Lars Theriot, Kathleen Remington, and Jonathan Shikora.

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