'The Boy Next Door' Writer Barbara Curry Signs With APA (Exclusive)

Blumhouse is producing the former assistant U.S. attorney’s thriller, starring Jennifer Lopez.

Screenwriter Barbara Curry has signed with APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Curry’s script The Boy Next Door began shooting last week with Jennifer Lopez starring as a divorced teacher having an affair with her teenage neighbor. The Universal Pictures film, which has been described as a modern Fatal Attraction, is being directed by Rob Cohen and produced by Blumhouse, Smart Entertainment and Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions.

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Curry spent nearly a decade as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, working in the Major Violent Crimes unit on federal cases that included murder-for-hire, racketeering, arson, kidnapping, bank robbery and conspiracy. She also taught advanced trial advocacy in Washington, D.C. at the U.S justice department as well as at the FBI headquarters in Quantico.

The Boy Next Door, which landed on the 2011 Bloodlist of the industry’s most-liked genre scripts, will be Curry’s first produced feature, although the UCLA screenwriting grad has already won three Screenwriting Showcase Awards as well as the George Burns & Gracie Allen Fellowship in comedy screenwriting, the Reel Spirit Screenwriting Prize and the Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award.

Curry is also repped by John Jacobs and Zac Unterman as well as attorney Ryan Nord at Hirsch Wallerstein.