In some surprising but welcome news, Screen Gems have announced they will be making horror content their “top priority.”
To that end, they have recruited It scribe and regular James Wan collaborator Gary Dauberman to oversee their content overhaul.
Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures, has been quiet for some time, with their last number of offerings fairing rather poorly with the public.
Now, Sony are seeking to revamp the label with a focus on lower-budget projects, meaning horror is the perfect jumping off point.
In what has been described as a “first-look deal,” Sony has sought out Dauberman to oversee some of their newest output, primarily due to his involvement with some of the biggest horror releases over the past decade.
In a statement, Sony had the following to say about their ambitious plans to create their own house of horrors.
“Involved in some of the biggest horror franchises in the last 10 years, Gary has an extraordinary ability to create and build out terrifying worlds and create a visceral experience through thoughtfully crafted story and characters,” Screen Gems’ Ashley Brucks said. “He’s a force in the horror genre space and we are thrilled to be partnering with him at Screen Gems as he continues to come up with new and creative ways of entertaining and scaring audiences.”
In his own statement, Dauberman said the following:
“I am thrilled to be part of the exciting new chapter of horror at Sony Pictures and Screen Gems. I’m truly inspired by Ashley’s energy, instincts, and vision for the genre space, and I thank Josh and Sanford for their trust and support, and their commitment to horror fans.”
Dauberman has spent the past 2 years working on a brand-new cinematic version of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot for Warner Bros. However, the project is currently not on their release schedule, and is said to likely go straight-to-streaming.
However, could a deal be brokered that would allow Dauberman to take the project to Sony and get the Scream Gems horror revamp started with a bang? We hope so.