‘Freaks’ Filmmakers To Direct Escalation Thriller ‘Deadpoint’ For Spyglass (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter
Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, the filmmaking duo behind the cult indie sci-fi hit Monsters, have signed on to lead Neutral, a mountain climbing thriller for Spyglass Media Group.
Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of Good Fear, the production and management company that had Mulane and my spy as the pandemic hits, produce the thriller, marking a rare foray into original fare for Spyglass, which has focused on its extensive library and rebooting titles such as Scream and hellraiser.
Paul Haapaniemi’s screenplay follows a young woman who sets out to complete the treacherous ascent of a mountain that claimed her father’s life. Halfway through, she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the target of a band of ruthless criminals who want to eliminate the only witness to their crime. Alone in the unforgiving wilderness and clinging to a steep rock face, her only escape is…up.
Peter Oiltaguerre, president of production for Spyglass, will oversee the project on behalf of the company.
Haapaniemi is a writer, actor, and musician whose career in the film industry began after winning the Lawrence Kasdan Award and the Screenwriting Endowment. He wrote the short band from nowhere as well as episodes of Jane by design for Freeform when the channel was called ABC Family. As an actor, he last appeared opposite Neal McDonough in a sci-fi action thriller man monsters. The scribe is replaced by Good Fear and Goodman Genow.
Stein and Lipovsky Monsters premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and sold in a bidding war at Well Go USA. The film, which starred Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Lexy Kolker, went on to screen at over 50 film festivals around the world. The duo even developed a Monsters TNT television series with Kennedy/Marshall production.
Since then, Lipovsky & Stein have written feature projects for Universal and Disney+ and directed episodes for Apple. They performed the action live Kim possible film for Disney Channel and were nominated for an Emmy for directing Disney’s giant robot show Mecha-X4.
The duo, who originally met as contestants in Steven Spielberg’s film competition In the field, are replaced by Verve, Ground Control and Lichter Grossman.