Sam Raimi to produce 'Refuge'

Pitch from British helmer Corin Hardy set at Mandate

Sam Raimi is taking "Refuge."

The genre maestro has signed on to produce a supernatural horror pic of that name, based on a pitch from up-and-coming British director Corin Hardy. The project has been set up at Mandate, where Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has a deal.

"Refuge" centers on a remote town terrorized by a Yeti, the mythological creature native to the mountains of the Himalayas. Hardy will direct from a script by fellow British writer Tom De Ville; both are repped by Paradigm's Marc Helwig and Trevor Astbury.

Jason Blum is producing, while Scott Hanson and Steven Schneider are exec producing, with Blumhouse and Hanson Allen Films financing. They will also finance a short with the same premise as the "Refuge" feature that Hardy will direct while De Ville is penning the script.

Genre auteurs are increasingly taking on projects from young directors and shepherding them through the indie and studio system as both producers and mentors. Guillermo del Toro, for instance, has taken on that role with Juan Antoniono Bayona and a number of Spanish comers.

The CAA-repped Raimi, who is next set to shoot "Spider Man 4"as well as an adaptation of the video game "World of Warcraft," is involved in a number of projects as a producer, including the vampire comic-book adaptation "Priest" at Screen Gems.

Jenny Wood at Elevate manages Hardy -- a music video director for bands such as Prodigy and Keane -- while Independent's Hugo Wood reps him in the U.K.
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