News Movies News | Written by Laura Potier 23/06/2022

Olivia Cooke To Star In Horror Thriller BREEDERS

Lionsgate has acquired Breeders, an upcoming horror project from rising horror helmer Kelsey Bollig starring Olivia Cooke.

Breeders will mark Bollig's feature directorial debut, which is based on an original idea by Adam McKay (Don't Look Up) and Brian Steele, the latter of whom writes the script. McKay and Todd Schulman are producing the film.

The logline is being kept under tight wraps in the Lionsgate bunker, though a THR source described Breeders as "a social horror-thriller that is tonally in the vein of Fresh," Mimi Cave's dating gone (very) wrong thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that released earlier this year.

Bollig has long been a staple of the film festival circuit, winning her first best screenplay award at age 12 for her feature Big Kids Play Manslaughter at Hollywood Shriekfest Horror Festival. She rose to attention with her first short film, Asking for a Friend, which garnered 18 awards; this was soon followed by The Fourth Wall and Kickstart My Heart, which raked in further awards and rave reviews. If her shorts are anything to go by, Breeders is in excellent hands.

Cooke, best known for her turns in the likes of Thoroughbreds, Sound of Metal, and Ready Player One, will next be seen in the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.