Olivia Cooke, Adam McKay Team for Horror Thriller ‘Breeders’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Olivia Cooke, one of the stars of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel Dragon’s Housewill contribute Breedersa horror project just acquired by Lionsgate, which will mark the debut of the rising horror filmmaker Kelsey Bollig as a director.

Adam McKay, the filmmaker behind the Netflix hit Do not look up and an executive producer at HBO’s Winning timeis one of the originators of the idea and produces via his Hyperobject Industries banner together with the company’s Todd Schulman.

The log line is kept locked in the Lionsgate box, but a source has described the projects as a social horror thriller that is tonally in the style of Fresha dating gone wrong thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan, which debuted on Hulu in March.

McKay came up with the idea with Brian Steele, who then wrote the script.

Bollig has been kicking sand on the horror playground since she was a child, and as a 12-year-old she received her first award for best screenplay for her film. Big kids play manslaughter Hollywood Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. She won more acclaim for her first short film, Asking for a friendwhich has won 18 awards to date, including Best Director at the NOLA Horror Film Festival and Best Horror Comedy at the Famous Women in Horror Film Festival. Asking for a friend paved the way for Bollig’s second short film, That Fourth wall, which premiered at Fantasia and then won Best Horror Film at the Nightmares Film Festival, Best Horror at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei in Spain. Her latest short film, Kickstart my heartdebuted last week for raves at Dances With Films.

Lionsgate was pleased to capture the talent on the rise, and the studio’s production manager, Erin Westerman, stated: “Her film comes straight out of a horror sensibility she’s honed all her life, and Breeders is a perfect example – it will be scary, and Olivia Cooke is perfect for it. It is also a thrill to work with Adam, who invented this idea and will be a shepherd for Kelsey’s project with expertise and a first-class sense of history. ”

The project was brought into the studio by Scott O’Brien and will be overseen by O’Brien and Brady Fujikawa.

Cooke is currently appearing on Apple TV + Slow horses with Gary Oldman and recently appeared in the Oscar nominated for Best Picture The sound of metal. In the long wait Dragon’s Housewhich debuts on August 21, she plays a character named Alicent Hightower.

Steele most recently served as producer and lead writer for McKay’s Ambie-nominated podcast Death at the wing. He has written, directed and produced content for Funny or Die, TruTV, Fremantle, IGN and My Damn Channel.

Cooke is represented by CAA, The Artists Partnership, Grandview and Hansen, Jacobson. Bollig, who recently directed a series of short vignettes that will live between episodes of the latest season of Hunters for Amazon and Monkeypaw, is represented by CAA, Grandview and Yorn, Levine. Steel is represented by Hansen, Jacobson.

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