Blumhouse is going into business with Happy Death Day writer and director Chris Landon. It was announced today that the studio will produce an untitled horror comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, which was co-written by Landon and Michael Kennedy. The plot the movie concerns a high-school girl, played by Newton, who ends up switching bodies with the serial killer terrorizing her town. That means Vaughn will presumably spend most of the movie with the consciousness of a teen girl while Newton plays it like she has the mind of a towering, cold-blooded killer. (She’s been a slight yet obstinate teen on Big Little Lies for two seasons, which is only a few degrees less frightening than a super-killer.) Considering that Vaughn has spent the last few years playing heavies and hard-asses in very serous movies by writer and director S. Craig Zahler, this will be a nice little return to his looser comedic days. You really do love to see it.
Landon is coming off Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day 2U, but his roots with the studio go back to 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2, which he wrote the script for. Of his new movie, the writer-director tells Vulture, “In my crazy quest to find ways to reinvent the idea of the final girl, I’m beyond excited to make this movie. My co-conspirator and co-writer Michael Kennedy and I have concocted the most insane, fun movie, and we can’t wait to unleash holy hell.”