Lionsgate in Suretone to Finance Creepers

Lionsgate and Suretone Pictures will co-finance Suretone’s upcoming horror film Creepers, based on the novel by Rambo creator David Morrell.

Set to shoot this summer in Bulgaria, Creepers follows a group of young explorers who investigate an old abandoned hotel, only to encounter a strange supernatural being and a competing group looking for a legendary hidden treasure. The film is currently being cast by Mary Vernieu and Raylin Sabo, with the film set to begin production on July 25.

The film will be helmed by Marc Klasfeld, who makes his feature directorial debut. Klasfeld is best known for his work directing music videos, including visuals for Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Prince, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Eminem, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Machine Gun Kelly, Aerosmith, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of his music videos, for See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, is the fifth most viewed video on Youtube at 5.5 billion views. I have waited decades to find the right feature film project to which I could truly dedicate myself, Klasfeld said. The passion I have found to make ‘Creepers’ all it can be is extraordinary, and I honestly can’t wait for the world to see what we have in store.

Creepers is the latest collaboration between Suretone and Lionsgate. The two studios are also currently developing the comedy Revenge Wedding. In addition, Suretone CEO and chairman Jordan Schur previously produced the 2019 film The Kid, which was distributed by Lionsgate and starred Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan. Schur also was a founding partner for Mimran Schur Pictures, which partnered with Lionsgate on the films Warrior and Rapturepalooza.

I am pleased to partner on this special film with Lionsgate. After a decade in development, we have arrived at our destination with a powerful script adapted from a timeless book and a gifted director leading the charge, Schur said in a statement. We could not ask for a better partner in Lionsgate who share our passion and excitement to bring the world this amazing roller-coaster of a story.

Lionsgate Wins Film Adaptation Rights for Upcoming Lionsgate has acquired the motion picture adaptation rights to Thieves’ Gambit, the upcoming young adult thriller by Kayvion Lewis. Steven Caple Jr. is attached to direct for Temple Hill Entertainment.

‘Thieves’ Gambit’ is such a unique perspective on the beloved heist genre and I am thrilled to be partnering up with Lionsgate and Kayvion to bring audiences a franchise that they can emotionally connect with and grow alongside, Caple Jr. said in a statement.

The film is set to follow a young woman who was raised by her parents to be an expert thief. Now, she must enter a dangerous, cutthroat competition that pits her against other young, talented thieves where winner takes all.

Caple Jr. has previously directed Creed II and 2016’s The Land. The director is also behind the upcoming film Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The seventh installment to the Transformers series is currently in post-production and is set for a June 2023 release.

Caple Jr. is joined by Christina Hodson and Morgan Howell to produce the upcoming adaptation. Lewis will serve as executive producer. Lewis, a 23-year-old librarian, recently sold the book at auction in a seven-figure, three-book deal for North American rights to Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Simon & Schuster Children’s Books have acquired U.K. and Commonwealth rights. The series translation rights have already sold in 14 territories to date, and the first book is set to publish in fall 2023.

Thieves’ Gambit is a thrilling, wish-fulfilling, globetrotting adventure that will introduce the world to an iconic new heroine, Erin Westerman, Lionsgate’s president of production, said. Kayvion Lewis is a tremendous new talent, and we’re confident that Steven and our friends at Temple Hill and Hodson Exports will shepherd it into an electrifying movie.

Meredith Wieck and Jon Humphrey will oversee for Lionsgate. Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner and Annika Patton will oversee the film for Temple Hill.