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Hot off its dual success with SINISTER and PARANORMAL
ACTIVITY 4, Blumhouse Productions is tackling an adaptation of the master of
literary horror, for Universal to release.
that the companies are teaming on MERCY, based on Stephen King’s short story
“Gramma” from the SKELETON CREW anthology. A.I.’s Frances O’Connor stars as a
singer mother who is joined by her two young sons in taking care of their
senile old grandmother—whom they discover is a witch. Peter Cornwell will
direct MERCY from a script by Matt Greenberg (who also penned the King-based
1408 and upcoming PET SEMATARY remake); Jason Blum will produce with McG and
the latter’s Wonderland Sound and Vision partner Mary Viola. Cornwell
previously helmed the hit THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, which will be followed
up soon by THE HAUNTING IN GEORGIA and the in-development THE HAUNTING IN
MANHATTAN. “Gramma” was previously adapted for the 1986 revival of THE TWILIGHT
ZONE, with a script by Harlan Ellison and CARRIE’s Piper Laurie doing some of
the voice of Gramma.
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