The Conjuring mastermind James Wan will produce the feature adaptation under his Atomic Monster banner along with Chris Bender (Final Destination) of Good Fear. Michael Clear will executive produce for Atomic Monster alongside Jake Wagner and Jake Weiner of Good Fear.
Meanwhile, Van den Brink will make his feature directorial debut with the project and receive story credit, though New Line plans to hire a screenwriter to flesh out the idea before moving forward.
The short follows a woman who is watching the local news one night when she learns that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed. That would be enough to freak out anyone, but when she continues to hear the children running around and laughing, she really starts to get the creeps.
Sweet Tooth is the latest short film to be given the feature treatment by New Line following the studio’s 2016 hit Lights Out, which was produced by Wan. It grossed nearly $150 million worldwide on a $5 million budget, and launched the career of David F. Sandberg, who went on to direct Annabelle: Creation for New Line.
Van den Brink is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed several shorts and commercials. He’s represented by Good Fear and attorney Jeff Frankel, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news of his Sweet Tooth deal.
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