EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and BuzzFeed have revealed details of their third film collaboration, Dear David.
The supernatural thriller was originally set up at New Line with production from Dan Lin, but we can reveal that the project is now set as the next production on Lionsgate and BuzzFeed’s feature film roster.
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Based on a true story and one of Twitter’s first urban legends, Dear David will tell the story of Adam Ellis, a former BuzzFeed employee and social media content creator who is haunted by the ghost of a boy possessed by a demonic entity. In 2018, Ellis’ Twitter feed about his experiences with the ghost he called “Dear David” went viral, gaining him over a million followers on the platform.
The film will be directed by John McPhail, who made his debut in the 2017 zombie horror comedy. Anna and the apocalypse. The screenplay is by Mike Van Waes. We hear that filming is imminent and the final casting is now on lockdown.
The new iteration of the project is produced by Richard Alan Reid, Head of Global Content and Head of BuzzFeed Studios, alongside Jason Moring, Michael Philip and Naysun Alae-Carew. Lin (Lego movie) and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback will executive produce alongside Evan Turner. Lionsgate’s international sales team was lightly selling the film during the recent virtual AFM.
Lauren Bixby, Vice President, Co-productions and Acquisitions of Lionsgate, said: “Dear David is a terrifying and sensational story that will translate perfectly on the big screen. It achieves our goal of reaching Millennials and Gen Z global audiences by raising new, contemporary and authentic voices. “
“Ellis’ story captivated audiences on the internet and built a passionate, global fan base that awaited the film adaptation. We look forward to bringing this much anticipated and poignant story to the big screen next year, ”added Reid of BuzzFeed.
Dear David will be the third BuzzFeed film and Lionsgate partnership, following 1UP, comedy with Ruby Rose, and my fake boyfriend, a romantic comedy starring Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse and Sarah Hyland.
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