‘Shazam’ Filmmaker David F Sandberg to Direct Horror Movie ‘The Culling’

Lionsgate acquired Stephen Herman’s horror spec script

David F. Sandberg, Shazam
Photographed by Marissa Mooney for TheWrap

“Shazam!” director David F. Sandberg is attached to direct the horror movie “The Culling,” which Lionsgate just acquired the spec script for, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sandberg and Lotta Losten will produce through their newly formed Mångata production banner, alongside Chris Bender and Jake Weiner for Good Fear Content. Scott Stoops is executive producing. Stephen Herman wrote the spec script.

“The Culling” will follow a troubled priest who confines himself to a remote cabin in the middle of the woods where he attempts to make a last stand against the demon that terrorized his family when he was a child.

Lionsgate’s Aaron Janus is overseeing the project along with Aaron Edmonds.

Sandberg most recently directed “Shazam!” for Warner Bros. which starred Zachary Levi in the title role and grossed over $366 million worldwide. Before that, Sandberg and Losten released their short film, “Lights Out,” which was made into a feature film by Warner Bros. in 2016. James Wan produced. Sandberg also collaborated on New Line and Wan on his second feature, “Annabelle: Creation,” which is part of the “Conjuring” franchise.

This year, Sandberg and Losten released two horror shorts during quarantine, “Shadowed” and “Not Alone in Here.”  Sandberg is represented by CAA, Gotham Group and attorney Jeff Hynick of Jackoway Austen.

Robert Melnik negotiated the deals for Lionsgate.