Together screenwriters Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman have burned a path of terror, penning one scary feature after another, from Urban Legends: Final Cut to Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And while the pair have been branching out with Boardman taking screenwriting jobs elsewhere, and Derrickson teaming up with C. Robert Cargill for the recently released Sinister, their latest collaboration is gearing up, and will delve deeper into the strange subgenre of supernatural crime thriller that seems to attract them both.

Titled Beware the Night, this paranormal thriller centers on a New York cop charged with tackling cases of "real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves." The Wrap reports Screen Gems is currently considering backing the production, which just got more enticing with word that Eric Bana is in talks to star. Notably, Mark Wahlberg was previously eyed for the role, but no mention is made as to why he is now out of the running.

Derrickson revels in grounding his horror stories in a procedural setup. Bookended by a trial, The Exorcism of Emily Rose played out like an episode of Law & Order with a supernatural twist. Then Sinister, which he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, starred Ethan Hawke as a true-crime novelist whose latest investigation pulls him into the path of a killer no cop can stop. And now Beware the Night plays into the cult-adored concept of cop (or FBI agent or bounty hunter) facing something supernatural, a premise that's played out with success on such TV series as The X-Files, Grimm and Once Upon a Time.

Personally, I've had mixed feelings on Derrickson's filmography thus far, but I admire his genre-blending approach to horror and how he attempts to make his monsters all the more menacing by setting up his plots within familiar stern premises where the villain is often evil but at least human. Perhaps this time around, Derrickson will stick the landing on this tricky feat, creating a creepy feature that packs a profoundly sickening wallop.

There's no word yet on when Beware the Night might roll into production.

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