Lionsgate Snaps Up Realty With James Wan’s Smart House

Lionsgate has acquired the rights to James Wan’s thriller Smart House, which will see the Saw director act as producer and High Tension‘s Alexandre Aja direct. The film is based on an idea by Wan, and the script is being written by Brad Keene, according to Variety.

Per the site, the film follows “…a family in the witness protection program placed in the custody of a state-of-the-art, autonomous ‘smart house.’ When a group of assassins locates the family, the house goes into a lethal defense mode.

Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine explains, “We are delighted that Smart House brings James Wan and Alex Aja back to Lionsgate for this cool, of-the-moment thriller. We had the privilege of being involved with James’ directorial debut with Saw and with Alex on one of his earlier films, High Tension. The idea of combining their talents into one project for the first time is exciting for us and genre fans everywhere.

Sounds kinda like Panic Room meets Dream House. No matter what, I’m into it. Wan has yet to attach his name to something disappointing, and I don’t see that stopping any time soon…although Aquaman might change that. Fingers crossed it doesn’t!

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