Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver is set to make her feature directorial debut with the music-themed horror-thriller SURVIVE THE NIGHT, which Pharrell Williams will produce for Warner Bros., the Tracking Board has confirmed.
WB just picked up the hot package, which will also see Oliver adapt Danielle Vega’s YA book of the same name. I remember walking through Barnes & Noble a few months ago and the book grabbed my attention, given its title and the eye-catching book jacket.
The grounded empowerment story follows four female co-eds who must fight for their lives and fend off a mysterious attacker while trapped inside an underground warehouse music festival on Halloween. Just as music was integral to Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, music will play a key role in Survive the Night too.
Williams and Mimi Valdes will produce under their i am OTHER Entertainment banner, while Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton of Alloy Entertainment will also produce. Independent film producer Jon Alston will consult on the look and feel of the project, while Warner Bros. exec Niija Kuykendall will oversee for the studio.
Williams and Valdes previously had a hand in producing Hidden Figures and Dope, and they previously collaborated with Oliver on Issa Rae’s YouTube series Awkward Black Girl.
Oliver has been busy since Girls Trip grossed more than $115 million at the domestic box office. She was hired to adapt Nicola Yoon’s YA novel The Sun is Also a Star for Warner Bros. and Alloy, and she’s also rewriting Rapper’s Delight for producer Stephanie Allain. Oliver has some experience behind the camera, having recently written and directed a short film that accompanied R&B artist Jhene Aiko’s latest album Trip. She’s represented by ICM Partners, Principato-Young Entertainment and Myman Greenspan.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Survive the Night.
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