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Paramount is kicking off 2019 with Eli.
The studio announced on Monday that the horror movie will get a wide release on Jan. 4, 2019. The film from Sinister 2 director Ciaran Foy tells the story of a secluded clinic, where a boy with a rare disease is being treated. Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison without a way out. In addition to Eli, Foy is writing and directing the upcoming project The Shee for Blumhouse.
David Chirchirillo penned the script for Eli, which made the 2015 Black List. Screenwriters Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, known for their 2016 supernatrural horror film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, revised the script.
Trevor Macy is producing Eli via his Intrepid Pictures banner, with John Zaozirny also producing via Bellevue Productions. Matt Alvarez will executive produce, with Melinda Nishioka co-producing for Intrepid.
Currently, Eli is the only studio movie set to open on Jan. 4, 2019. It’ll open a few weeks ahead of the Jan. 18 debut for Universal’s M. Night Shyamalan sequel Glass, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Fox’s sci-fi thriller Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, as well as Open Road’s animated movie Playmobil and Fox’s animated film Spies in Disguise also open that month.
Naing is represented by APA and Circle of Confusion. Chirchirillo is represented by APA and Bellevue Productions.
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