EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Media Fund has come aboard to finance and co-‐produce the supernatural thriller The Bye Bye Man with Intrepid Pictures. Stacy Title will direct the script that Jonathan Penner adapted from the Robert Damon Schneck short story The Bridge to Body Island, which recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students in the 1990s. Principal photography will begin in Cleveland, Ohio in November.
Pic will be produced by Intrepid’s Trevor Macy, who previously set this one with The Weinstein Company before it shook loose. Macy produces with LAMF’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, who said the project “exemplifies the type of films we are seeking to finance and produce: commercial material that has an original approach or an ingenious angle to which the ever more discerning audience will respond.” LAMF launched in late 2014 and its first film is The Disappointments Room, the D.J. Caruso-directed film that will stars Kate Beckinsale, which Relativity has slated for release in early 2016.
The LAMF and Intrepid principals hinted this relationship will likely go beyond the initial film. Said Macy: “Jeffrey and Simon are extremely filmmaker-‐friendly and we are delighted to be making this movie together.”
Intrepid’s productions include The Strangers, Safe House and Oculus, and upcoming films include the Mike Flanagan-directed Before I Wake, starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, to be released September 25.
Title and Penner, who were Oscar-nominated for The Last Supper, are separately developing the sci-fi series Prison Earth with Fremantle and Pukeko for the cable channel Pivot. They are also adapting the Stephen King novel Duma Key with ImageMovers. The filmmaker team is repped by Paradigm, manager Dannie Festa of World Builder Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman.