Two years ago, veteran film producer John Davis recruited a feature writer (Jon Bokenkamp) and a feature director (Joe Carnahan) for a drama project at Sony TV, which sold to NBC and went on to become that network’s flagship drama, The Blacklist. This development season, Davis’ Sony TV-based Davis Entertainment again is bringing together a feature writer, Source Code‘s Ben Ripley, and director, Fast & Furious 7‘s James Wan, for a drama project, which has sold to NBC with significant penalty.
Written by Ripley and to be directed by Wan, Maidenhead is described as a medical procedural wrapped in a very realistic, frightening supernatural drama. When a scientist is called to a tony Connecticut suburb to investigate an ailing teen girl, he discovers that her affliction presents itself as a demonic contagion slowly spreading through the town. His team peels back the secrets and lies buried within the fabric of the community while medically deconstructing the tropes of demon mythology.
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This marks the first TV project for Wan, who has a strong genre background with the Saw and Insidious horror franchises. He and Ripley executive produce with Davis’ John Fox and Davis. This marks Davis Entertainment’s second sale this season. The company also has thriller drama Endgame at NBC, written by Leverage co-creator John Rogers, with production commitment. Ripley’s latest movie, the Dustin Hoffman starrer Boychoir, just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Ripley is repped by Gersh and Mosaic; Wan is with Paradigm.