Scott Derrickson, his long-time collaborator screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, and producer Sherryl Clark have been selected to direct Room 428 for Screen Gems, following Deadline's recommendation. Brett and Drew Pierce are the directors of The Wretched.
Derrickson has returned to the studio to direct films like The Black Phone, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us from Evil. The film, which features Ethan Hawke and debutant Mason Thames, grossed $143 million at the box office and is currently on a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes at 83%.
I made the film (Doctor Strange) I wanted to make, but it's different from when you're talking about a smaller contained horror film because then you're really an auteur. It's all on you.
Finney, a 13-year-old boy who was kidnapped by a masked killer, is placed in a soundproof basement. He discovers a disconnected phone on the wall that begins to ring. On the other side are the previous victims of the killer who are determined to get Finney free.
The Wretched, a sleeper horror film starring John-Paul Howard, Zarah Mahler, and others, was the first film to take the top spot at the box office in the United States for six weekends in a row, having also directed James Cameron's Avatar in 2011.
There are no further information on Room 428 at the moment. Meanwhile, check out the interview with Derrickson below: