EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has set Sacha Gervasi to write Terrified, a remake of the 2017 Argentinian genre film Aterrados. Demián Rugna, who wrote and directed the original, will helm the English-language remake. The film will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, extending his relationship with Searchlight that was capped last year by Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water. Del Toro followed by making an overall Searchlight deal last April.
When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the paranormal, her colleague, and an ex police officer investigate further. The results are horrifying and the evil must be stopped before it spreads.
Gervasi, whose credits include The Terminal and Hitchcock, won an Emmy and an Independent Spirit Award for his documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil and most recently wrote and directed HBO’s My Dinner with Herve. That film, which stars Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan and Andy Garcia, is currently nominated for a Critics’ Choice award for Best Film Made For Television, and Gervasi’s script is also nominated for a WGA Award for Best Longform Original.
Gervasi is repped by CAA and Lichter, Grossman; Del Toro and Rugna are repped by Robert Newman at WME and Gary Ungar at Exile Entertainment.
Here is a trailer for Rugna’s film: