Breeders: Olivia Cooke to star in horror film produced by Adam McKay

Lionsgate has just acquired a horror project called Breeders, which has Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) attached to star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay was one of the originators of the idea of this project and will be producing the film with Todd Schulman through Hyperobject Industries. Breeders will mark the feature directorial debut of Kelsey Bollig, who has previously directed a handful of short films and won her first best screenplay award at the age of 12 for her feature script Big Kids Play Manslaughter at the Hollywood Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. 

Bollig did not write the screenplay for Breeders. The script has been written by Brian Steele, who crafted the idea with McKay. Details on the plot are being kept secret for now, but one source told The Hollywood Reporter this is going to be “a social horror-thriller that is tonally in the vein of Fresh“. Which was also produced by McKay. I thought Fresh was great, so that sounds good to me. JoBlo’s own Chris Bumbray gave the film a 9/10 review that you can read at THIS LINK.

Lionsgate’s president of production Erin Westerman said the studio is pleased to be working with Bollig on her first feature, as

her films come straight out of a horror sensibility she’s been honing her entire life, and Breeders is a perfect example — it’ll be terrifying and Olivia Cooke is perfect for it. It’s also a thrill to be working with Adam, who originated this idea and will shepherd Kelsey’s project with expertise and a first-rate sense of story.”

Scott O’Brien brought Breeders to Lionsgate and will be overseeing the project alongside Brady Fujikawa.

I haven’t seen any of Bollig’s short film work, but she does have a great article on horror that you can read on Yahoo. I look forward to seeing how Breeders is going to turn out. How does this project sound to you so far? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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