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Jason Bateman in Talks to Direct ‘Shut In’ for New Line Cinema

Script for horror project was selected for this year’s BloodList

Jason Bateman is in talks to direct and produce the New Line horror film “Shut In,” individuals with knowledge of the talks confirmed to TheWrap.

Acquired from debuting screenwriter Melanie Toast, the script for “Shut In” was selected to this year’s BloodList, a horror equivalent of the BlackList that spotlights the best unproduced scripts in the genre. The film follows a single mother who is held captive by her violent ex and must do everything to protect her two young children.

Bateman is in talks to produce through Aggregate Films, and would join Dan Farah (Farah Films), Roy Lee (Vertigo) and Dallas Sonnier (Cinestate) as producers. Amanda Presmyk and Danielle Cox will executive produce for Cinestate, Andrew Farah will executive produce for Farah Films and Miri Yoon will executive produce for Vertigo. Richard Brener, Daria Cercek, and Josh Mack will oversee the project for New Line.

Bateman, who most recently directed two episodes of the HBO series “The Outsiders,” is currently in pre-production for an adaptation of the board game “Clue,” which he will direct and star in alongside Ryan Reynolds. He is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Entertainment. The talks were first reported by Deadline.