Frank Grillo is no stranger to the horror genre: he has already been seen in films like Mother’s Day, My Soul To Take, The Grey (it’s kind of a horror) and most recently The Purge: Anarchy. He’s also starring in the James Wan produced supernatural horror Demonic.
Horror fans were very positive about how much of an improvement The Purge: Anarchy was on the first film, and Grillo helped make that film so much better with his raw coolness and brutal regime of revenge. The news that he is returning to horror for his next project is very exciting.
The Wrap confirms that Grillo has signed on to star in Stephanie, a horror directed by Akiva Goldsman and produced by Jason Blum. Grillo’s role has not been revealed.
Akiva Goldsman is stepping behind the camera again, this time to bring a horror film to the big screen with Stephanie — a story about a little girl with unworldly abilities who was abandoned before a man and a woman show up claiming to be her parents, thereby interrupting her mysterious world. A fall start is being eyed.
No stranger to the genre, Goldsman has produced Paranormal Activity 2,3 and 4, and also films like I Am Legend, Deep Blue Sea and Constantine. He will work with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions on Stephanie.
The film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, whose script for this film a couple of years ago was noted as one of the best in The Blood List, which (in the vein of the Black List) names the best yet-unproduced scripts in the horror genre. The writers are relative newcomers currently making a bit of a splash having just scripted a film for director Luc Besson based on one of his original ideas (Underground for Besson’s EuropaCorp.)
Also producing is Matt Kaplan through Chapter One (both he and Blum are repped by CAA); Adrienne Biddle is producing and Bryan Bertino is exec producing for Unbroken (repped by UTA); and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein is producing and Eric Robinson and Nate Matteson are exec producers for The Gotham Group (repped by CAA).
Stephanie has now been acquired by Universal.
Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie survives on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle, while a dark supernatural force looms in the background. When her mother and father return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center.