The long in-development Tim Lebbon short story called "Pay the Ghost" may finally reach the screen, says Variety. Nicolas Cage is attached to start in the supernatural thriller.
The story appeared in the "October Dreams" anthology before it was optioned by Midnight Kitchen Productions. Dan Kay boarded the project to pen the script. In 2010, Dennis Iliadis of The Last House on the Left remake was attached at one time to direct.
The film currently does not have a director, however. Voltage is handling sales at Cannes.
The story kicks off on Halloween night, when a couple's young son is mysteriously abducted. A year later, they begin to sense his presence in frightening ways. A string of terrifying clues draws them to search for the boy throughout New York, where they uncover ancient secrets and discover a vicious, vengeful spirit.