James Wan and Sam Raimi are set to produce the feature film adaptation of the Dutch horror short, “The Burden,” under their respective production banners, Atomic Monster and Ghost House Pictures.
JS Entertainment and Starlight Media won the auction for the rights on Tuesday. Nico van den Brink directed and wrote the short, which follows a young woman who goes to her boyfriend’s home only to discover a sinister history. The short was financed and produced by Dutch company NL Film en TV.
Van den Brink’s previous short horror film, titled “Sweet Tooth,” was acquired by New Line Cinema, which Wan’s Atomic Monster is also producing.
Atomic Monster’s upcoming productions include “Annabelle Comes Home” and WBTV’s “Swamp Thing.” Wan recently directed “Aquaman” for Warner Bros. He is represented by Mortimer PR, Paradigm and Stacey Testro International.
Raimi most recently executive produced a short titled “The World Planet on Earth” and produced the horror movie “Don’t Breathe.” He is next producing both “Crawl” and “Grudge.” He is represented by CAA and Stars Road Entertainment.
Deadline first reported the news.