‘The Invitation’ Director Karyn Kusama to Tackle Fox Horror Flick ‘Breed’

Writers and producers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are also in tow

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The Invitation

Karyn Kusama, who directed the 2o16 Logan Marshall-Green cult horror thriller “The Invitation,” has signed on to direct the upcoming Fox horror film “Breed,” and she’s bringing her team with her.

“Invitation” writers and producers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi will reprise those roles for “Breed,” which is based on a novel of the same name by Chase Novak — whose pen name is Scott Spencer (“Endless Love,” “Waking the Dead”).

“Breed” follows an upscale New York couple who are struggling to conceive a child and turn to a questionable and controversial Eastern European clinic. Ten years later, after-effects from that procedure begin to take effect.

“Breed” will be the first movie under filmmaker Scott Frank‘s Fox production deal. Frank will also serve as a producer on the project.

“‘Breed’ was the first piece of material I acquired and was a complete no-brainer — falling right into the sweet spot of the work that I’m trying to do in my partnership with Fox,” Frank said in a statement. “The fact that I also get to collaborate with the talented likes of Phil, Matt, and Karyn only makes an already exciting project even sweeter.”

Kusama also becomes a rare female director signed on to helm a Fox movie. In April, TheWrap found that a string of 22 straight films from Fox dating to 2018 all have male directors, making Kusama’s signing stand out even more.

Hay and Manfredi are both represented by UTA. Kusama is repped by ICM and Frank by CAA.