Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) has signed on to direct the paranormal police thriller Beware the Night. According to The Wrap, Derrickson will also rewrite the script: “The story is set in a paranormal world and follows a New York police officer investigating real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves after dark.” The project is housed at Screen Gems, but The Wrap hears producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Carribbean) and Disney are involved in some capacity, Beware the Night could be a much bigger production than your typical supernatural flick. The lead role was reportedly offered to Mark Wahlberg, but he passed. [Update: The Wrap updated their report. Paul Boardman will co-write the screenplay. Bruckheimer’s name is now omitted from the report, and the edited text states Screen Gems is in negotiations with Disney for the rights.]
Derrickson followed up the low-budget Emily Rose with would-be tentpole The Day the Earth Stood Still. Derrickson returned to small-scale horror for his latest film, Sinister, which hits theaters on October 5.