Searchlight Picks Up Claire Foy Horror Thriller 'Dust' (Exclusive)

Claire Foy
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Searchlight will now develop the project that was first introduced at the Cannes virtual market.

Searchlight Pictures has picked up Dust, a psychological horror thriller that has The Crown star Claire Foy attached to topline.

The project was initially unveiled at the Cannes virtual market in June. It will now be further developed by the prestige film arm of the Walt Disney Co.

The story is set against the backdrop of increasingly horrific dust storms in 1930s Oklahoma and tells of a young mother, to be played by Foy, haunted by the past who becomes convinced that a mysterious presence is threatening her family and takes extraordinary measures to protect them.

Will Joines and Karrie Crouse are set to direct from a script that Crouse, a staff writer on Westworld, wrote.  The screenplay was developed at the Sundance Writer’s Lab.

Alix Madigan, who produced Winter’s Bone, and her Mad Dog Films are producing with Lucas Joaquin (Love is Strange) of Secret Engine.

CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group are co-represented North American rights. Mad River International is handling international sales.

Foy garnered international acclaim, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown. She is now developing an adaptation of the Charlotte McConaghy.novel Migrations to which she is attached to star and exec produce.

Foy is repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group.  Joines and Crouse are repped by CAA.