EXCLUSIVE: Madeleine Petsch (riverdale), Froy Gutierrez (cruel summer) and Gabriel Basso (Hillbilly Elegy) were cast in the lead role in the 2008 remake of the horror film Lionsgate. Strangers, whose production began in Slovakia. Renny Harlin (ur.rock climber) is directing a film believed to be the first in a trilogy, making a deal to head the next couple.
original film Strangers was a home invasion movie that Brian Bertino wrote and directed in his feature debut starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. It was registered as a sleeper hit upon its release in May 2008 by Universal Pictures and has gained recognition as a cult classic with sequels in the following years. Strangers: Night’s Prey released in March 2018.
New Strangers the film will follow Petsch’s character as she drives cross country with her longtime boyfriend (Gutierrez) to start a new life in the Pacific Northwest. When their car breaks down in Venus, Oregon, they are forced to spend the night at a secluded Airbnb, where they are terrorized from dusk to dawn by three masked strangers. Lionsgate plans ffrom there to expanding the story in new and unexpected ways with its sequels.
Alan R. Cohen and Alan Friedland (freak brothers, Due date) wrote a potential franchise launch program for Lionsgate to distribute worldwide. Courtney Solomon (ur.Cake, After film franchise) is co-producing with Mark Canton (Strength Universe, 300), Christopher Milburn (protégé, upset), Gary Ruskin (midway), Charlie Dombek (War with grandpa) and Alastair Birlingham (Moon landing). Andrei Bonca, Dorothy Canton and Roy Lee are executive producers, with Raffaella Biscayne, Slovakian company Frame Film SK, Johanna Harlin, Juan García Peredo and Alberto Burgeno serving as co-producers.
“My mother instilled in me a love of cinema through the world of Hitchcock and other masters of suspense and horror. My Hollywood Breakthrough Was a Success Nightmare on Elm Street 4”, — said Renny Harlin. “It’s only fitting that I can return to my favorite genre with an incredibly well-written trilogy about Strangers. The characters and storyline are grounded in reality and offer me an endless palette of haunting visuals to bring these films to life.”
“Getting Started Remodeling Strangers, we felt like we needed to tell a bigger story that could be as powerful, scary and terrifying as the original and could really expand that world,” Solomon said. “Shooting this story as a trilogy allows us to create a hyperreal and terrifying exploration of the characters. We are fortunate to join forces with Madeleine Petsch, an amazing talent whose character is the driving force behind this story.”
“When you have two horror fans like Courtney Solomon and Renny Harlin getting together, you have everything you need to create incredibly smart, forward-leaning, and addictive entertainment,” remarked Mark Canton. “Fans of the original film will be amazed; new viewers will discover an extremely unnerving world Strangers“.
“Strangers touches on such primal fears that it will always be relevant,” added Eda Cowan, Lionsgate’s EVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “But what really sets this project apart is how the filmmakers expanded the story and gave these characters new life.”
Petsch plays Cheryl Blossom on The CW. riverdale and can also currently be seen in a romantic comedy About fate, from United Artists Releasing. Additional film credits include Jane, blind as well as polaroid.
Gutierrez plays Jamie Henson on Freeform. cruel summerwhich was renewed for a second season and has also appeared on shows such as Light as a feather, wolf cub as well as One day at a time. Also, the actor is waiting for the long-awaited Hocus pocus 2slated to release on Disney+ on September 30th.
Basso recently took over the drama of Ron Howard. Hillbilly Elegy and has also been seen in films such as Summer kings as well as Super 8, among others. Otherwise, he is best known for his role as Adam – Katy Laura Linney’s son – on the Showtime series. Big C. The next time the actor can be seen in the action-packed thriller Muli Surya. Trigger warning and Netflix series Night agent.
Harlin is a screenwriter, director and producer who most recently directed films such as Class 3 reunion, Garbage, Bodies at rest, Legend of the Ancient Sword, Skiptrays as well as Legend of Hercules. Other notable directorial credits include 12 rounds, Purifier, Covenant, The Exorcist: The Beginning, mind hunters, Slave, Cutthroat Island, rock climber, Die Hard 2 as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Lord of Dreams. Additional upcoming designs for the multi-hyphen include a horror image. asylum and action thriller Mason.
Petsch is represented by CAA, Mosaic and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; Gutierrez by CAA, GTC Artists and Untitled Entertainment; Basso by WME, Sugar23 and Yorn, Levine, Barnes; Renny Harlin for UTA and McPherson Rane; and Cohen and Friedland Gersha.