Olivia Cooke, Adam McKay Team for Horror Movie ‘Breeders’ – The Hollywood Reporter
Olivia Cooke, one of the stars of HBO Game of Thrones prequel Dragon’s Housewill participate Breedersa horror project recently acquired by Lionsgate that will mark the directorial debut of rising filmmaker Kelsey Bollig.
Adam McKay, the filmmaker behind the Netflix hit Don’t look up and an executive producer on HBO’s Victory timeis one of the originators of the idea and is producing through his Hyperobject Industries banner alongside the company’s Todd Schulman.
The diary line is being kept in the Lionsgate vaul, but a source has described the projects as a social thriller with influences from NewA false dating thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan debuted on Hulu in March.
McKay pitched the idea to Brian Steele, who later wrote the screenplay.
Bollig has been kicking the sand in the horror playground since she was a kid, winning her first best screenplay award at age 12 for her film. Big Kids playing Manslaughter Hollywood Horror Film Festival Shriekfest. She won more acclaim for her first short, Ask a friendSo far there have been 18 awards, including best director at the NOLA Horror Film Festival and best horror comedy at the Women in Horror Popular Horror Film Festival. Ask a friend paved the way for Bollig’s second, The fourth wall, premiered at Fantasia and later won Best Thriller at the Nightmares Film Festival, Best Thriller at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and best Screenplay at the Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei Film Festival in London. Spain. Her most recent short film, Kickstart My Heartdebuted last week to sing at Dances With Films.
Lionsgate is pleased with tapping into the burgeoning talent, with the studio’s president of production, Erin Westerman, saying, “Her films spring from a sense of horror she’s honed her entire life, and Breeders is a perfect example – it would be terrifying and Olivia Cooke is the perfect person for it. It has been thrilling to work with Adam, who initiated this idea and will guide Kelsey’s project with first-class expertise and story sense. ”
The project has been brought into the studio by Scott O’Brien and will be overseen by O’Brien and Brady Fujikawa.
Cooke is currently co-star on Apple TV+ of Slow horse with Gary Oldman and was recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture The sound of metal. In great expectation Dragon’s Housedebuted on August 21, she played 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 Dam Channel.
Cooke is supported by the CAA, The Artists Partnership, Grandview and Hansen, Jacobson. Bollig, who recently directed a series of short trailers that will live between episodes of the latest season of Hunter for Amazon and Monkeypaw, supported by CAA, Grandview and Yorn, Levine. Steel blown by Hansen, Jacobson.