Karyn Kusama to Direct Horror Movie ‘Breed’ Based on Chase Novak’s Novel

The director is re-teaming with "The Invitation" screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.

Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama


Karyn Kusama is set to direct the upcoming horror movie “Breed” based on the book by Chase Novak, Variety reports. The story centers on a wealthy New York couple whose experiences with an Eastern European fertility clinic a decade ago come back to haunt them.

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The script is being written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who will also produce. Scott Frank is also producing for Fox via his recently executed production deal with the studio. Kusama, Hay, and Manfredi previously worked together on the 2015 thriller “The Invitation,” starring Tammy Blanchard and Logan Marshall-Green. Scott Spencer, who uses the pen name Chase Novak, previously wrote the novels “Endless Love,” which was turned into a film of the same name in 2014, and “Waking the Dead,” adapted for the screen in 2000.

“Breed” marks Frank’s first project since inking his production deal with 20th Century Fox, which is aimed at adult-focused genre films with budgets between $20 million and $30 million. “‘Breed’ was the first piece of material I acquired and was a complete no-brainer — falling right into the sweet spot of the work that I’m trying to do in my partnership with Fox,” Frank told Variety. “The fact that I also get to collaborate with the talented likes of Phil, Matt, and Karyn only makes an already exciting project even sweeter.”

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Kusama most recently directed a segment for the female-driven horror anthology “XX,” and episodes for TV shows “Billions,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Casual.” Her previous feature directing credits include “Jennifer’s Body,” “Aeon Flux” and “Girlfight.”

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