Singer and all-round pop culture icon Debbie Harry (Hairspray) has joined the cast of Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, joining Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sundance breakout Lucy Boynton (Sing Street). Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of the thriller, which Perkins wrote and will be directing. Principal photography is set to begin in Ottawa on February 16th. The project is part of Netflix’s indie slate of features.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Iris Blum (Harry), a reclusive best-selling author of horror and crime stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved 19th century farmhouse in Massachusetts – a home that holds a horrific ghost story of its own that inspired her most famous book.
Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. is producing and co-financing through the recently announced venture with Robert Menzies’s Ottawa-based production shingle Zed Filmworks, and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films. Paris and Menzies are producing and Ghossein is exec producing.
The film marks Perkins’ second project with Paris Film, Inc., Zed Filmworks and Go Insane Films following their successful collaboration on February, directed by Perkins and starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boyton, which was acquired in the U.S. by A24 following the critically acclaimed premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Other Netflix-backed features are Ryan Koo’s Amateur, Tony Elliott’s ARQ, Alistair Legrand’s Clinical, and Gerard McMurray’s Underground. Netflix’s strategy, first revealed by Deadline last July, is to work directly with filmmakers and producers and empower them with the means and platform to have their films seen globally. All the films will be made available simultaneously on Netflix’s recently enlarged footprint of more than 190 countries.
Harry is repped by Untitled Entertainment.