Scott Derrickson to Direct New Paranormal Thriller 'Beware the Night'
Scott Derrickson has been a busy guy over the past few years. After getting on the map with the horror thriller The Exorcism of Emily Rose, he directed The Day The Earth Stood Still and then teamed up with Ain't It Cool News writer C. Robert Cargill to write Sinister, the upcoming Ethan Hawke horror film that Derrickson is also directing. If that wasn't enough, he's also a writer and executive producer on the upcoming West Memphis Three movie Devil's Knot, starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. Now The Wrap reports Derrickson will be at the helm of the paranormal thriller called Beware the Night. Read on!
Derrickson and Paul Boardman co-wrote the script, which follows a New York police detective who investigates real life werewolves, demon possessions, and exorcisms when night falls. The rights to this project reportedly belong to Disney, of all studios, which is strange considering the demonic slant isn't quite in line with the Mouse House's family friendly mantra. Screen Gems is in negotiations to acquire the rights, which seems like a much better fit and gives some hope that we won't get a neutered version of the story. Rumor has it that Mark Wahlberg was offered the lead role but passed on it, and now that Derrickson is on board we'll see how this progresses. It may be a bit too on the nose to have Sinister star Ethan Hawke star in this one since he's known for playing police officers, but anything is possible. Cool?