Olivia DeJonge (M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit) and Levi Miller (Pan, Jasper Jones, Terra Nova, Blue Dog) will star in the thriller SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, which will go into production in January 2016.
A Storm Vision Entertainment and Best Medicine production, the thriller will be directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented) and was written by Zack Kahn and Peckover. The film is being produced by Storm Vision’s Brett Thornquest and Sidonie Abbene (Infini, Terminus and SFv1) and Best Medicine Productions’ Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen (Scenic Route, Natural Selection), and executive produced by Steven Matusko, Shane Abbess and Lorenzo De Maio.
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a 'safe neighborhood', a babysitter (Olivia DeJonge) must defend a twelve-year-old boy (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
In making the announcement, producer Brett Thornquest said, “SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD is Home Alone meets Scream. Chris and Zack have written a killer script and this film will be equally smart and stylish, scary and tense … a surefire white-knuckle ride that pushes the thriller genre in a whole new terrifying direction.”
“We are thrilled to have rising stars Olivia and Levi join our production,” added producer Brion Hambel. “And with a taut whip-smart script, Chris’ vision and passion for the material and our incredible partnership with Storm Vision, we have a feeling this film will be on every genre fan’s bucket list around the world for years to come.”
When describing the project, director Chris Peckover said: “Imagine taking the awkward, genuine teenagers from a John Hughes story and then royally scorching their evening. This is my favorite kind of thriller, where bad decisions snowball into horrible ones with ghastly consequences."
With a host of the Infini and SFv1 key creatives returning, the feature will be lensed by director of photography Carl Robertson ACS.
XYZ Films will be representing North American rights on the film and Versatile is handling international sales.