The 2013 horror short Lights Out (which you can watch in full below) has been doing the online rounds over the last few years, creeping people out with its simplistic yet effective moments, so it’s only right New Line Cinema jump on a feature adaptation.
Variety is reporting that James Wan, director of Saw, The Conjuring, and this year’s hugely successful Furious 7, is producing a horror film based on David F. Sandberg’s short film, with Sandberg himself chosen to direct.
Screenwriter Eric A. Heisserer (2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, 2011’s The Thing) is attached to pen the film, which will tell of a family dealing with a malicious supernatural entity. One of the family members has to step up to protect them from the evil force, which can only be seen when the lights go out.
Child-actor Gabriel Bateman, who had a role in The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle and who plays the son of Dylan McDermott’s character on CBS series Stalker, has been cast in a lead role. Other cast members are expected to be announced soon.
Heisserer is also attached to produce, along with Lawrence Grey (Hope Springs, Last Vegas).
Wan may be jumping on bigger projects in the directing world, recently signing on to direct Warner Bros.’ Aquaman movie, but he’s still focusing on his beloved horror genre. Apart from producing Lights Out, Wan will be directing Conjuring follow-up The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and producing a remake of 1982 horror film The Entity.
Now, in case you haven’t already, do as the title says and then watch the short film, Lights Out.