Jennifer Lopez has landed a starring role in an upcoming thriller from Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. The Boy Next Door is the first film in Blum’s new deal with Universal, and horror fans should already know what to expect from a Blum production. He has given us the likes of Paranormal Activity, Sinister, The Purge and Insidious over recent years, and films with his name attached are guaranteed to generate interest among the horror community.
Lopez will star as a newly separated mother who begins an affair with a new teenage neighbor who befriends her son. Trouble ensues, however, when she tries to abruptly end the relationship.
“xXx” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” director Rob Cohen is in talks to direct the film from a script by Barbara Curry.
“Next Door” begins shooting in the fall as Lopez’s other high-profile gig, a judging stint on “American Idol,” gears up for its January start.