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ABC Family is headed in a darker direction.
The cable network is in the early stages of developing an adaptation of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The effort hails from Supernatural‘s Daniel Loflin, who is set to write and executive produce, along with Radar Pictures. Radar’s Ted Field, an executive producer of the 1992 film on which the TV thriller is based, and Mike Weber are attached as executive producers.
The R-rated early 1990s original, which starred Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra, grossed $88 million at the domestic box office. The ABC Family iteration will tell the story of a young, attractive nanny who terrorizes a suburban family from the inside.
The move comes as the TV landscape continues to embrace darker fare, a trend that has breakout hits from AMC’s The Walking Dead to FX’s American Horror Story to thank for generating momentum. ABC Family recently announced it was developing The Final Girls, a horror-thriller starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and has the second half of first-year murder-thriller Twisted returning in January.
If ultimately ordered to series, Cradle would join Twisted, Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, The Fosters and more at the youth-skewing cable network.
For its part, Radar’s recent projects include the Harmony Korine dramedy Spring Breakers, co-starring the ABC Family Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson, along with Vin Diesel’s Riddick, Robert De Niro’s Everybody’s Fine and Ricky Gervais‘ The Invention of Lying.
Loflin is repped by WME, Peter Heller, and Bloom Hergott; Field is repped by WME.