Jen Yamato is a Deadline contributor.
Ryan Murphy spilled details at a screening last night for the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story. “The movie that I was most freaked out by as a child was this movie that no one ever saw called The Town That Dreaded Sundown… I was just starting to babysit my brother, and the ads for that would come on and I would get freaked out”, he told the audience. MGM’s modern take on the horror movie, based on Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 cult pic about real-life murders committed along the Texas-Arkansas border in 1946, will be produced by Murphy and his Normal Heart producer Jason Blum, with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story) in negotiations to direct. The project has a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who produced and wrote episodes of Glee for Murphy, came in for rewrites on Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and penned MGM’s October-set Carrie remake. The original pic adopted an Unsolved Mysteries-esque approach that could translate to the found-footage elements in Blum’s horror hit Sinister and his Paranormal Activity films. Murphy is repped by CAA. Gomez-Rejon, who served as second unit director on Ben Affleck’s Oscar-nominated Argo, is repped by WME.