Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love., Warm Bodies) has taken the lead in Blumhouse Productions' upcoming horror project Viral (formerly Pest), Deadline reports. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3) will direct.
Viral is based on Barbara Marshall’s original screenplay, which appeared on the "Black List," the "Blood List," and the "Hit List" in 2012. It follows the outbreak of a deadly virus and a teen who documents her family's new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister as society begins to crumble outside.
Octane, the genre division of IM Global, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA, will fully finance the film which will be produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Sinister, Paranormal Activity) and Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark (Cloverfield).