Chase Novak‘s Breed: A Novel was published in September by Mulholland Books and centers on a couple that undergoes an experimental fertility treatment that turns them into bloodthirsty savages, leading them on a desperate quest to find a cure. Summit has acquired rights and hired Burr Steers to write and direct the horror thriller, which will be produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films. A sequel novel is already in the works. The Breed deal marks the second partnership for the Lionsgate company and Heyday, after the studio acquired Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus and tapped Moira Buffini to write it. Last month, DreamWorks Studios was in exclusive talks to acquire M.L. Stedman’s debut novel The Light Between Oceans, which Harry Potter series producer Heyman will produce with Clifford.
Steers most recently directed Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again, and his writing credits include How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Igby Goes Down, which he also helmed. He is repped by CAA and Gotham Group; CAA brokered the deal for Novak in conjunction with Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production Erik Feig, Summit President of Production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate Director of Development Jina Jones will oversee Breed for the studio. Robert Melnik, Lionsgate’s EVP Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.