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Scott Derrickson Signs on To Direct 'Beware the Night' (Exclusive)

6/12/2014 Liza Foreman

By Liza Foreman

Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") has signed on to direct the paranormal police thriller, "Beware the Night" and will also be re-writing the script, according to a representative for Derrickson.

Familiar territory for Derrickson, the story is set in a paranormal world and follows a New York police officer investigating real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves after dark.

The lead role was offered to Mark Wahlberg who passed on the project, according to a rep for Screen Gems, which is producing the film.

The project also reportedly involves Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney, another source told TheWrap. 

Derrickson's previous credits include "The Day The Earth Stood Still," with Keanu Reeves which told the story of an alien space craft which arrives in New York City on a mission to save Planet Earth.

Last year, Derrickson signed on to direct "Two Eyes Starring," a remake of the Dutch thriller, "Zwart Water" with Charlize Theron for Summit Entertainment.

His recent screen-writing credits include "Devil's Knot" with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, which is due to be released next year. Derrickson is repped by WME.


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