Milk: James Wan to produce feature length version of horror short
Collider reports that Aquaman director James Wan will produce a feature-length adaption of Santiago Menghini‘s horror short Milk. The acclaimed short, about a teen with an overbearing mother who starts to realize reality might not be what it seems, did well on the festival circuit earlier this year, even winning the Midnight Shorts Jury Award at SXSW earlier this year.
Menghini will direct the feature-length movie, with Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Super Dark Times) penning the script. Menghini will retain a “story by” credit in the final film. Wan’s Atomic Monster partner, Michael Clear, will produce alongside Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. Judson Scott will oversee the project on behalf of Atomic Monster.
Developing horror shorts into full-length features is something of a boon in Hollywood these days. Wan’s first feature, Saw, started out as a short film, as well as the film Lights Out, which he also produced. The filmmaker is also developing remakes of horror films like the spider-filled Arachnophobia, Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, and DC Comics’ Swamp Thing.
The Nun, which was also produced by Wan, has raked in over $200 million at the box office in the past two weeks. Wan’s undersea superhero epic Aquaman is slated for a theatrical release this December.