Universal Pictures has acquired M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Visit,” which was formerly known as “Sundowning,” and will release the low-budget genre film on Sept. 11, 2015.
Additionally, Universal has retitled “Cybernatural” to “Unfriended” and moved its release date from April 10, 2015 to April 17, 2015.
Universal had scheduled an Untitled Blumhouse Horror Movie for release on Sept. 25, 2015, but “The Visit” will take its place.
Jason Blum, Shyamalan and Mark Bienstock produced “The Visit,” which follows a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week-long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
Steven Schneider and Ashwin Rajan executive produced the film, which harkens back to Shyamalan’s early hits “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”
Meanwhile, “Unfriended” unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.
After Universal executives saw a test screening of “Unfriended” terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov. Directed by Levan Gabriadze, “Unfriended” was written by Nelson Greaves and produced by Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Blum.