Universal nabs thriller film Violent Night from Sonic the Hedgehog scribes
Coming off from the successful theatrical release of Sonic the Hedgehog which grossed over $260 million at the worldwide box office, Deadline brings word that Universal Pictures has landed the rights to Sonic writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller’s feature pitch titled Violent Night.
Violent Night is being described as an elevated thriller set against the Christmas holiday backdrop. The film will be produced by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch along with Kelly McCormick and Annie Marter through their 87North banner. Matt Reilly will oversee the project for Universal.
Casey and Miller have been longtime writing partners for 20 years now and have writing over 10 movies together including three National Lampoon spinoffs Dorm Daze, Dorm Daze 2 and Transylmania. This project will be the duo’s second major film following their big break with Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog which starred James Marsden and Jim Carrey.
Violent Night marks Leitch’s latest collaboration with Universal Pictures, who have worked together in last year’s blockbuster action film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and in director Ilya Naishuller’s upcoming thriller film titled Nobody starring three-time Emmy nominee Bob Odenkirk and Christopher Lloyd.
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