Screen Gems has picked up the rights to adapt budding filmmaker Tim Schechmeister's horror short, Viral, for the big screen.
Fresh out of UCLA film school, Schechmeister hit the festival circuit with the 11-minute short that he co-write (with his brother, Matt) and directed, picking up awards for Best Supernatural Short and Best Student Short at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and Shockwest Film Festival, respectively. After meeting The Grudge writer Stephen Susco at a screenwriting event, Schechmeister's short quickly found its way into the hands of producers Roy Lee (The Grudge) and Lawrence Grey, who sold Screen Gems on the idea of adapting the short.
Viral is described on the Facebook page dedicated to the short as a "supernatural horror short about a case of mistaken identity, with terrifying consequences." It revolves around two young women who fool around on the Internet and "provoke someone... or something" that they shouldn't have. The deal with Screen Gems will see the Schechmeister brothers writing the screenplay for the feature movie adaptation, with Tim at the helm. Susco, Lee, and Grey will produce, along with John Middleton. hear from Susco and watch the trailer for Viral >>