MGM Acquires ‘Abe’, Will Turn Rob McLellan’s Nightmarish Short Into Feature

EXCLUSIVE: MGM has acquired rights to make a feature out of Abe, a short film by British writer/director/VFX artist Rob McLellan. McLellan will write and direct the feature about a robot serial killer, and Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin will produce it.

McLellan also wrote Strings, a feature spec script about time-traveling thieves. As you will see below when you watch the Abe short, McLellan does something with the serial killer/slasher film genre that I’ve not seen before. It sets your teeth on edge, but also leaves you wanting to see how this one turns out.

Jonathan Glickman and Cassidy Lange will oversee for MGM and Andy Berman and Kevin Chang will oversee for Misher Films, which produced the Kimberly Peirce-directed Carrie for MGM and Screen Gems and is prepping a reboot of The Crow for Relativity. Tzirlin is producing Ruin at Fox with Maze Runner helmer Wes Ball. McLellan is repped by APA, Caliber Media, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

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