New Line Cinema won a heated auction to win Weapons, a film it will fast track with the filmmaking team behind the horror thriller Barbarian. Zach Cregger wrote the script and will direct, and he’ll produce alongside his Barbarian producing team: Roy Lee of Vertigo and J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures. Vertigo’s Miri Yoon also produces.

“Zach proved with Barbarian that he can create a visceral theatrical experience for audiences and that he commands every tool in the filmmaker toolbelt,” said Richard Brener, President and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema. “We couldn’t be happier that he, Roy and Miri, and J.D. and Rafi chose New Line to be the home of his next film, and hope it is the first of many to come.”

Word is Universal and Netflix were in the mix, but New Line won because of a guarantee of a theatrical release. The package went out Monday morning. The film straddles thriller and horror, on a larger scale.

Cregger’s debut solo outing as a writer/director, Barbarian, premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, and it bowed in theaters last September. The film topped the domestic box office on its opening weekend with $10.5 million, more than double its production budget of $4.5 million, and ultimately took in more than $45 million worldwide.

Cregger comes out of being a founding member and writer for the New York comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know, which he started while attending The School of Visual Arts. The group’s self-titled sketch comedy show ran for five seasons on IFC-TV and Fuse. He was also a series regular on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC series Guys with Kids and the TBS series Wrecked, and was featured in a recurring role on the NBC series About a Boy. Cregger is repped by CAA,

Artists First, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Weapons will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.


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