Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to adapt Dutch horror short Sweet Tooth into a feature-length film. James Wan, director of critically and commercially successful films like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, will be on hand to produce, along with Chris Bender (Final Destination).
Nico van den Brink's film follows a woman who, upon returning to her apartment, discovers her neighbor and two kids have been murdered. And yet she can still hear the footsteps and laughter of the now-deceased children. Van den Brink will direct the feature (his first) and maintain story credit, but the studio will hire a writer to help flesh out the full-length screenplay. Warner Bros. will distribute via their horror arm, New Line Cinema.
This follows a similar pattern with last year's Lights Out. The studio picked up the short from director David F. Sandberg, attached Wan to produce the $5 million film, and turned out a horror feature that brought in almost $150 million.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)