Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward and Penn Badgley are set to star in The Stepfather, a Screen Gems remake of the 1987 thriller, says Variety. Adrianne Palicki is in negotiations to round out the cast.
The studio is aiming the film as more of a Hitchcock-style thriller than the original. The story centers on a teenage boy (Badgley) who discovers his soon-to-be stepfather isn’t all he appears. In fact, the man who fell in love with his mother (Ward), might be a psycho who murdered his previous family. Palicki would play the boy’s girlfriend.
“Nip/Tuck” star Walsh plays the title role originated by “Lost” star Terry O’Quinn. OQuinn played the role in a 1989 sequel as well.
The redo will be directed by Nelson McCormick (Prom Night) from a script by J.S. Cardone. Greg Mooradian and Mark Morgan of Maverick Films will produce.
Production is aimed to start in March or April.