When you watch a movie like last year’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi - a documentary following an 85-year-old sushi master and his son and heir – you don’t get a specific vision of where the director will go in his career. In this case, the director is David Gelb, and he’s going from a touching real life story to a horror/thriller about resurrection. Of course!

Lionsgate will be behind Gelb’s Reawakening, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass set to take on the lead roles. It’s worth noting that low-budget indie mastermind Jason Blum is also producing, which should get the attention of a certain pocket of genre fans. The screenplay was written by newcomer Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater, who wrote the current script for the upcoming Fantastic Four redo, which will be out in 2015.

The story centers on a research team that figures out a serum that can bring the dead back to life. When the lead doctor’s daughter dies, she is given the serum, and it leads to something less than ideal. Echoes of Pet Sematary and The Monkey’s Paw are obvious, not to mention Flatliners. So hopefully Dawson and Slater’s script makes a noteworthy departure from familiar territory and takes it to some truly horrifying places. Any film involving dead offspring is going to be painful one way or the other.

Wilde last starred in Don Scardino’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and will next be seen in Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies and Ron Howard’s Niki Lauda biopic Rush. She’s most recently been working on Paul Haggis’ tri-city romance drama Third Person.

Duplass, meanwhile, has almost completely shifted out of his mumblecore roots with a 2012 that featured him in FX’s fourth season of The League, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, and Alex Kurtzman’s People Like Us. He’ll next star in the JFK-centered Parkland and the Stephen King adaptation Mercy, and will soon begin filming Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s Tammy.


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