Gale Anne Hurd’s ‘Hellfest’ Finally Emerges With Jennifer Chambers Lynch as Director

CBS Films’ scary movie with “The Walking Dead” producer has been in the works for five years

Last Updated: August 11, 2016 @ 9:50 AM

Jennifer Chambers Lynch has been named the director of horror thriller “Hellfest,” CBS Films announced Thursday.

Gale Anne Hurd (“Aliens,” “The Walking Dead”) was named producer of the scary movie back in 2011, with Gary Dauberman hired in 2012 to polish the script. At that time CBS Films had hopes to turn the title into a franchise. 

The film follows a fun Halloween night at a horror theme park gone deadly when a costumed killer begins taking out unsuspecting revelers who believe the killings are part of the show.

Production is scheduled to begin this winter at an undisclosed theme park.

 “We have loved the concept of ‘Hellfest’ since Gale brought it to us and we have been waiting for exactly the right director,” said CBS Films president Terry Press in a statement on Thursday.  “Jennifer came to us with both the passion and the vision necessary to make ‘Hellfest’ a terrifying Halloween tradition much like the growing phenomenon of the theme park horror nights enjoyed by millions the world over.”  

Lynch, who has directed two episodes of “The Walking Dead,” is repped by Gersh and managed by Fineman Entertainment. Other TV credits include “Teen Wolf,” “Wayward Pines,” “The Last Ship” and “Damien.”

Vice president of production Alex Ginno and senior vice president of production Mark Ross are overseeing the project for CBS Films. Vice president of development, Phillip Kobylanski, is shepherding the project for Valhalla Entertainment.

The studio’s newest release is the critically acclaimed action thriller “Hell Or High Water,” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. It opens in select theaters on Friday.