Sony Nabs New Line Founder's Thriller 'Nightlight' (Exclusive)

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Bob Shaye will produce the film with Tyler MacIntyre directing.

Sony has picked up the spec Nightlight with Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, on board as one of the producers.

Rising filmmaker Tyler MacIntyre co-wrote the script with Chris Hill and is attached to direct what Sony envisions will be a low-budget thriller.

Plot details are being kept in the dark, but the pic is known to center on a 10-year-old boy who must fight off some sort of invaders while home alone.

Sara Rastogi is overseeing for Sony’s Columbia Pictures division, which picked up the project in a competitive situation. (Paramount was also chasing.)  

Shaye is producing via his banner Unique Pictures. The company’s Vince Gatewood and Michael Lynne are also producing.

Shaye created New Line Cinema in the 1960s, working out of a New York walk-up, eventually growing it into one of the most successful indie film studios in the business. The company really came to the fore in the 1980s when Shaye produced the hit Nightmare on Elm Street movie series, causing some to refer to New Line as “the house that Freddy built.” New Line also churned out the Rush Hour and Austin Power movies and hit a zenith with the Oscar-winning and billion-dollar-grossing Lord of the Rings trilogy.

New Line merged with Warner Bros in 2008, and Shaye and his partner Lynne walked away with bales of cash. He has kept a rather low profile since but has been resurfacing of late. Shaye produced the 2016 Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks and recently wrapped directing an indie thriller titled Ambition.

MacIntyre helmed the horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year and stars Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), Josh Hutcherson and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse).

MacIntyre and Hill are repped by APA, Epicenter and Jackoway Tyerman.