A24 has tapped up-and-coming filmmaker Chloe Okuno to rewrite and direct a horror movie titled Bodies Bodies Bodies, Collider has learned.
Kristen Ropuenian wrote the original spec script, which was the very first spec that A24 ever bought back in March 2018. The story, which is said to play with social dynamics in a subversive way, follows a group of friends who find themselves under attack while playing drinking games in a cabin in the woods.
Okuno is the writer-director of the 2014 short film Slut, which followed a naive young girl who becomes the target of a murderous sociopath when she attempts to reinvent herself to impress the boys in her small Texas town. The short was nominated for the grand jury prize at AFI Fest and helped Okuno land a gig writing Orion’s remake of the 1977 supernatural thriller Audrey Rose starring Marsha Mason and Anthony Hopkins. She’s represented by Verve and Circle of Confusion.
Roupenian is the author of the short story “Cat Person,” which went viral in December 2017 after being published in the New Yorker. She’s repped by CAA.
A24 is developing a strong track record as a brand among the horror community, and its highest-grossing film to date remains Ari Aster’s Hereditary, while Midsommar and The Witch aren’t far behind. The company’s upcoming releases include the Robert Pattinson–Willem Dafoe movie The Lighthouse, as well as the Adam Sandler crime drama Uncut Gems, which just released its first trailer on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, A24 has Trey Edward Shults‘ drama Waves on the horizon, and the indie distributor is also hoping for a Best Picture nomination for The Farewell, which is one of the best films I’ve seen all year, and is absolutely deserving of such an honor.