Bethlehem helmer Yuval Adler is headed to SALEM VILLAGE, the supernatural horror from STX Entertainment. Global Produce is also on board to produce the spec script from writing duo Jeff Richard and Mark Bianculli.
Set fifteen years after the Salem witch trials, the story is centered on a young woman who begins to show signs of possession. Desperate for the truth, the town’s elders put their faith into a man of science to uncover what is truly happening in Salem and put an end to the terrifying events plaguing the town.
The project was initially set up at Global Produce, the shingle known for The Spectacular Now, under the title Salem. Now retitled Salem Village, the horror pic will still see Marc Schmuger staying on to produce under his Global Produce banner. Sheroum Kim and Cathy Schulman will oversee for STX, where the film was set up in the fall of 2015.
The success of The Witch, which reaped $25 million against a $1 million budget, certainly bodes well for Salem Village, as it similarly delves into the lore of witches in an edgy new way. While no official casting announcements have been made, sources say that producers are eyeing a Michael Shannon-type for the role of the doctor.
Bethlehem, Adler’s 2014 feature debut, earned the director a reputation for crafting taut thrillers that possess substance beneath the standard genre elements. As his profile continues to rise, Adler is also set to direct The Last of the Tribe, an eco-thriller set in the Brazilian Amazon, and Identity Film’s The Garden of Betrayal, a thriller based on the book by Lee Vance.
Adler is repped by WME.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor