Imogen Poots will star in the remake of “Black Christmas” for Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures, with the film set for release on Dec. 13.
Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt will also star in the horror film that takes the release date of a previously untitled Blumhouse movie.
Sophia Takal is directing the remake of the 1974 film. Takal and April Wolfe wrote the script, and the film will shoot in New Zealand.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, and Ben Cosgrove and Adam Hendricks of Divide/Conquer are producing. Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke of Divide/Conquer will executive produce.
Takal worked with Blumhouse’s television arm earlier this year on the film “New Year, New You,” which starred Suki Waterhouse and Carly Chaikin for Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series. There’s synergy between both the film and TV groups at Blumhouse, with frequent film collaborator Ethan Hawke also now working with TV on the Showtime series, “The Good Lord Bird.”
The original “Black Christmas” was directed by Bob Clark and written by Roy Moore, and starred Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder and John Saxon. It has since received critical acclaim for being one of the earliest slasher films.
Poots’ credits include “28 Weeks Later,” “Green Room” and “A Long Way Down.”
Takal is represented by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer Brown & Passman. Poots is represented by CAA, Troika, Management 360 and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner Gellman.