New Line and James Wan are expanding their horror empire with their latest acquisition, Sweet Tooth.
Sweet Tooth is a short film from Dutch director Nico van den Brink, and the short will be the basis for the feature. Van den Brink is set to direct and will have a story credit for his first feature.
The short film, which debuted at the Fantasia Festival, focuses on an apartment dweller who discovers on the news that three of her neighbours have been killed. Wan will produce through his Atomic Monster production company and Chris Bender will produce for Good Fear.
New Line, a Warners Bro banner, is home to Wan’s Conjuring series which currently has four films and is still expanding. Aside from the Conjuring, New Line has been blessed with another potential franchise based on Stephen King’s IT, which has been shattering September box office records.
Sweet Tooth looks to be another standalone horror film like 2016’s Lights Out, which was a box office success. That horror film earned $150 million on a $5 million budget. This feature was based of a short film by Swedish director David F. Sandberg.
New Line could potentially become a new horror-centric company, and rival Blumhouse studios. Horror is a sure box office success, and Sweet Tooth has some great talent behind it to ensure success.
The short film will be premiering at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival and will be showcased at Telluride.