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Summit's had some success with feature adaptations of popular novels these days, with The Twilight Saga and The Perks of Being A Wallflower among the studio's credits in recent years, and Warm Bodies and Ender's Game among its upcoming films. And it seems they're looking to continue what may be a successful run of book-to-film adaptations with Chase Novak's horror novel Breed.
Summit announced today that they've acquired the rights to Novak's (a.k.a. Scott Spencer) Breed, a novel published this fall, which involves a married couple taking dark measures in an effort to get pregnant. A decade later, their twin children Alice and Adam begin to wonder about the violent noises coming from their parents bedroom each night, which leads them to set out to learn the truth about their parents.
On board to write and direct the adaptation is Burr Steers, while Heyday Films' David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford will produce. Looking at Steers' writing and directing credits, it looks like he's veering into new territory in tackling a horror thriller adaptation. His past work includes writing/directing Igby Goes Down, writing How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and directing 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud. Breed would be a shift away from drama and comedy, which seem to be his area of experience, but it should be interesting to see what he does with this adaptation regardless.
In the meantime, those who liked Novak's/Spencer's first novel will be happy to know that there's a sequel on the way. Mulholland Books put that in motion before the first book even hit shelves. Breed sounds like one to add to the e-Reader (or pick up at a store or library if you're a fan of pages.)