Searchlight Pictures taps Alexandre Aja for horror pic Elijah
After finding his first critical and commercial success with last year’s disaster monster pic Crawl, Alexandre Aja has lined up another new project with Searchlight Pictures’ horror pic Elijah as the now-Disney-owned label looks to continue their genre streak following Ready or Not and Antlers, according to Deadline.
The film, which is being penned by The Last Witch Hunter scribe Cory Goodman and rewrites by frequent Aja collaborator Gregory Levasseur (Mirrors), will center on a young boy who invites a mysterious man into his home in hopes he will be the key to saving his ailing mother, but as increasingly disturbing things begin to occur around the home, he soon realizes the stranger may not be who he says he is.
The project will be produced by Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment (The Last Witch Hunter, My Friend Dahmer) alongside David Goyer (Terminator: Dark Fate, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Keith Levine (The Night House) via their Phantom Four Films production banner, while Searchlight’s SVP of Production DanTram Nguyen will oversee the film with Manager Apolline Berty.
Alongside Elijah, Goodman recently sold his sci-fi thriller script Oberlin Incident and holiday adventure comedy pitch Merry Little Christmas to Paramount Pictures, the Dwayne Johnson-led Lore to Warner Bros. for seven figures and Hood to Sony, the latter two which he co-wrote with Jeremy Lott.
The horror film also marks a reunion between Aja and Searchlight Pictures, with the 42-year-old French filmmaker having previously worked with the former Fox studio on the 2006 remake of Wes Craven’s cult classic horror-thriller The Hills Have Eyes.
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