Fox Atomic Acquires Mackel’s Surrogate

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Fox Atomic has bought Kathryn Mackel’s novel “The Surrogate” (not to be confused with Bruce Willis’ The Surrogates) for Ralph Winter to produce through his Fox-based Winter Road, says Variety.

The thriller revolves around a couple who hire a surrogate to carry their child and find out mid-term that the surrogate is insane. Rod and Bruce Taylor (The Brave One) are writing the screenplay.

Winter Road’s Susana Zepeda is also producing alongside Robin Guthrie and Deborah Giarratana.

Mackel, whose novels also include “Vanished” and “The Hidden,” has pioneered the supernatural subgenre known as “Christian chillers.”