Kevin Bacon to Star in and Produce Horror-Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ at Blumhouse

by Mark McCurley

Via Variety, Blumhouse Pictures is cooking up something scary with Kevin Bacon to produce and star in the horror-thriller You Should Have Left with David Koepp as director from his own script for Jason Blum’s namesake company, Blumhouse Productions.

Based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2017 novel of the same name, the story centers on a screenwriter in a remote house in the Alps working on the follow-up to his hit film. The main character starts to lose his bearings due to unexplained occurrences.

Bacon initiated the project by bringing it to Koepp and the duo optioned the project to Blumhouse.

Previously, Bacon and Koepp collaborated on the 1999 supernatural-thriller Stir of Echoes. Koepp’s writing credits include Jurassic Park and Spider-Man and directed the films The Trigger Effect starring Kyle MacLachlan and Secret Window which starred Johnny Depp.

Known for its success with micro-budget films that allow creative freedom for screenwriters and directors, Blumhouse soared last year with Get Out and Split. Both were low-cost horror projects that became box office sensations.

Next up for the studio is Truth or Dare, to be released on April 13. The company’s sci-fi thriller Upgrade won the SXSW audience award in the Midnighter’s section and will be released June 1 theatrically.

Repped by MGMT and attorney Fred Gaines, Bacon’s recent screen credits include Cop Car, Black Mass, Patriot’s Day, and the upcoming Showtime series  City on a Hill. Koepp is repped by CAA.

Blumhouse plans to begin shooting You Should Have Left in later 2018.

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