Paramount is set to develop Meet Jimmy, a short horror movie from Dutch filmmakers David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen, into a feature film, Deadline reports. The film, which has been compared to The Ring and A Nightmare On Elm Street, revolves around a podcast that haunts anyone who listens to it (also sensing some It Follows vibes here.) In any case, it's a true horror movie for the times.
Any other details are being kept on the down low, although the rights to the movie came after a period of intense competition. Paramount just barely won out since the short is partly produced by Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes. A Quiet Place, the John Krasinski written and directed horror movie that made $50 million just in its opening weekend, was also a Platinum Dunes and Paramount collab.
The full-length Meet Jimmy will be written and directed by the original’s Koomen and Bronsgeest, respectively. Shawn & Michael Rasmussen, the pair behind Crawl, another horror currently in production with Paramount, will help write the script as well. The project will be produced by Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, as well as Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company.
In other horror movie news, a slew of remakes are on the way. Child’s Play, the 1988 classic movie that welcomed the Chucky doll into pop culture hall of fame, will reportedly be developed into both a TV show and a theatrical reboot. The former comes to you from the mind of the original movie creator’s Don Mancini and the latter is being orchestrated by It producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenbeg. Similarly, Ewan McGregor has been tapped to star as an adult Danny Torrance in a Shining sequel titled Doctor Sleep, a casting decision that even Stephen King reportedly approves of.