James Wan and Alexandra Aja Team Up for New Thriller Smart House

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Since cutting his way into Hollywood with 2004’s original Saw movie, James Wan has gone to become one of the biggest names in the industry, especially within the horror genre.

Wan has directed such great flicks as Insidious and The Conjuring, and produced creepy entries like Lights Out and Annabelle. He’s also set to direct the upcoming DC comic book blockbuster Aquaman for Warner Bros.

The Conjuring 2 (2016) Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, French filmmaker Alexandre Aja burst onto the scene with 2003’s High Tension, and has since gone on to direct hits like The Hills Have Eyes, and Piranha 3D.

Now, Variety reports that Wan and Aja are soon set to team up on a new thriller for Lionsgate, entitled Smart House. Wan and Aja will both produce the film, while Aja directs. Brad Keene (From Within, The Gravedancers) will write the script, based on a story idea by Wan himself.

Alexandre Aja

While it’s a bit disappointing that a collaboration between two such esteemed horror directors won’t be a straight-up horror film, Smart House definitely possesses genre elements, and sounds like it might be quite the inventive home invasion scenario.

Smart House concerns a family forced to enter the witness protection program, who are then placed in the custody of the titular dwelling, a fully autonomous technological marvel. When assassins show up to wipe the family out, the house responds by going into a lethal defense mode, showing no mercy to the intruders.

Lionsgate has yet to assign Smart House a release date, but stay tuned to iHorror for any further updates.

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High Tension (2003) Photo Credit: Lionsgate

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