Kevin Bacon Back With Blumhouse for “Shining”-Esque Horror Thriller “You Should Have Left”


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Fresh off wrapping the Tremors series and two years after toplining The Darkness, is getting back in business with Blumhouse, as he’s set to produce and star in the horror thriller , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

You Should Have Left re-teams the actor with his Stir of Echoes director , who strikes me as the perfect fit for the Blumhouse brand, given his affinity for genre fare. While Koepp is best known for his association with tentpoles like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible and Spider-Man, he tends to direct and/or produce darker films like Stir of Echoes, Secret Window, The Trigger Effect and Panic Room — all of which might fit the Blumhouse model.

Based on the 2017 book of the same name by German author Daniel Kehlmann — which is written in the first-person — the story follows a screenwriter who takes his wife and daughter to a remote house in the Alps so he can finish writing a sequel to his big hit movie. And then, as in The Shining, unexplained occurrences prompt the writer to begin going mad.

Koepp wrote the script on spec after optioning the book with Bacon, who brought it to his attention. Bacon will produce the film with Jason Blum, and will start later this year. Blumhouse beat out several other suitors for the plum project.

Like Koepp, Bacon also tends to gravitate towards genre films that could’ve been made by Blumhouse, like Cop Car, Super, and Death Sentence, so I’m not surprised to see him working with Blum again, even though The Darkness isn’t exactly a highlight of either’s resume.

Bacon is coming off the Amazon series I Love Dick, and he’ll soon be seen in a version of Tremors, which Blumhouse produced for SYFY. Bacon also stars in Showtime’s upcoming series City on a Hill. He’s repped by , while Koepp is repped by .

Blumhouse is coming off its most successful year yet between Get Out, Split and Happy Death Day. The company’s next film. Truth or Dare, hits theaters on April 13.

THR broke the news about You Should Have Left.

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    • Jeff Sneider on

      I added “/or” to the sentence, since Koepp DID produce the film, which is what I was getting at. I know Fincher directed Panic Room. But thank you for commenting! I apprecisate you leaving a message.

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