Paramount has hired Barbara Curry, the writer behind Blumhouse’s 2015 hit film The Boy Next Door, to write the script for an upcoming horror thriller titled Gasp. The film will tell the story of a serial killer who is targeting female victims through a dating app and the detective that is tracking him. Gasp is being described as a “dramatic investigative thriller” along the lines of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct.
Before writing The Boy Next Door, Barbara Curry spent ten years working as a prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office. Gasp is based on an initial idea by Mario Celaya and is being produced by Offspring Entertainment’s Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. American Horror Story writer and producer Jessica Sharzer is co-producing for Paramount.
A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.
The Boy Next Door starred Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, and Kristin Chenoweth and was a box office success for Blumhouse when it was released in January of 2015. Directed by Rob Cohen (Fast and the Furious), the film followed Claire Peterson (Lopez), a high school teacher who, in the midst of being separated from her husband (Corbett), has a one-night stand with a younger neighbor (Guzman) who develops a dangerous obsession with her. The movie grossed over $52 million on a $4 million budget, making it one of Blumhouse’s long line of successes, including recent hits Get Out, Split, and The Gift.
No further details have been released for Gasp at this time but, as always, Nightmare on Film Street will keep you posted as more details emerge. I’m a fan of the stalker, obsession, and dating sub-genre of thrillers and horror. The Crush, Single White Female, and Fear are a few of my favorites. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below!