With the success of films like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Stephen King’s It, the horror movie genre is hot. And to cash in on moviegoers’ renewed interest in the macabre, Pharrell Williams and Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver have teamed up for a film adaptation of the young adult horror-thriller novel, Survive the Night.
Oliver will write and direct. Williams and his production partner Mimi Valdes are producers. Williams and Valdes, a former Vibe Magazine editor, were also a part of the production crew for Hidden Figures and Dope.
This reunites the creative trio, who worked on Issa Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl. The Hollywood Reporter reports the production is “music-themed,” and Oliver sees the project as “a grounded empowerment story about four female friends.”
Survive the Night is described as Stephen King-meets-Pretty Little Liars. Here’s a plot description:
Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse…until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.
Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone. They’re being hunted. Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”
According to Shadow and Act, the project is set at Warner Bros.