EXCLUSIVE: British director Justin Chadwick, who directed Alicia Vikander and Judi Dench in Tulip Fever, has been tapped to direct the mystery thriller Dead House, slated to being production later this year. Shannon Pestock penned the script, which is being produced by Daniel Wagner’s BiFrost Pictures (Miles Ahead, Drunk Parents), Jay Taylor of Electric Shadow, and Nate Adams for Grey Mountain Entertainment.

Set in 1885 Pennsylvania, the pic follows Annaliese Kruger who, after witnessing the brutal slaughter of her husband and children, finds employment in the confines of the town’s dead house, a morbid dwelling where bodies are kept for 48 hours to make certain they have passed. But any semblance of normalcy is shattered when Annaliese sleuths out the psychopath who killed her family. Driven to save other families from her fate, she will have to catch the killer herself… if she can stay alive.

The script, which was discovered and developed by Grey Mountain, is currently out to cast.

Chadwick, director of the 2008 film The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, is currently in pre-production on Next of Kin for Mammoth Screen and ITV, written by Paul Rutman and Natasha Narayan,

He’s repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group.