Lionsgate has picked up the rights to the spec script for 16 States written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) is attached to direct the project.
(Fede Alvarez with his iHorror Award he won in 2017 for Don’t Breathe)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the spec script made its way to several studios last weekend generating immediate interest from multiple parties with Lionsgate eventually emerging as the winner.
16 States tells the story of a mother trying to get home to her family in the middle of zombie pandemic and has been described as being reminiscent of 2007’s I Am Legend starring Will Smith.
The writing team of Requa and Ficarra have a long and varied list of credits as a writing team including Cats and Dogs, Bad Santa, I Love You Phillip Morris, and the upcoming Disney feature Jungle Cruise based on the Disneyland ride and starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall.
The team reportedly began work on the story last year before the world found itself in the midst of a global pandemic, but that doesn’t stop the film’s subject from feeling timely.
Alvarez is an experienced screenwriter himself, as well as an accomplished genre director. Both Don’t Breathe and his stylish and terrifying remake of Evil Dead garnered positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.
There is, of course, no solid start or release date for the film at this time, but iHorror will keep you posted on all the news for 16 States as it becomes available.