James Wan to produce New Line’s Sweet Tooth adaptation
Following the successful debut of IT, New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Nico van den Brink’s Dutch horror short, Sweet Tooth. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nico van den Brink will direct the feature and have a “story by” credit. James Wan (The Conjuring horror universe) and Chris Bender (Final Destination, The Butterfly Effect) will produce.
The short premiered in July at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival and is described as follows: “centered on a woman who comes home to her large apartment tenement. Watching the news, she discovers that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed, but then enters creep-zone territory when she begins to hear the laughter and running of the munchkins.”
The studio will hire a writer to turn the short into a feature film script.
Nico van den Brink is a film director, based in Amsterdam. He studied Film at the University of Amsterdam and Fiction Directing at the Netherlands Film Academy. He has directed a number of short films and commercials, but Sweet Tooth will be his first feature film.