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Ben Stiller, Reality Bites Co-Writer Reteam for Lit-Based Horror Flick

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Ben Stiller, <i>Reality Bites</i> Co-Writer Reteam for Lit-Based Horror Flick

Literary and horror mash-ups seem to be all the rage these days, with various monsters getting inserted into classic novels (we’re looking at you, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). A new script by Reality Bites writer Helen Childress called The Mountain falls into a similar category, in that it’s based on characters from an Edith Wharton novel. No, we’re not finally getting the bloody version of Ethan Frome we all dreamed of while slogging through that book, but instead a new take on Summer, Deadline reports.

Fox snatched up the script and tapped Ben Still and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour to produce, with Stiller directing. The Deadline piece describes the story thusly: “Set in the early 1900s, The Mountain revolves around a young woman who struggles to confront her destiny after stumbling upon a mysterious object that forces her to examine the secrets of her past.”

While Stiller has never directed horror (unless you count The Cable Guy), he showed all kinds of unexpected chops in Tropic Thunder, between huge pyrotechnics displays and a fair amount of gore. As far as Childress goes, she’s something of a mystery. After writing Reality Bites, a hugely successful and influential indie movie from the mid-’90s, she kind of dropped off the face of the Earth. We’ve got faith that she and Stiller will join forces to create another weird and wonderful movie, this one scary more for the horror aspects than the crushing reality of adulthood.

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