McG to Direct ‘The Babysitter’ Horror Comedy Based on Black List Script
McG has had a pretty bumpy film career, from the highs of Charlie’s Angels (and its underrated sequel) to the lows of Terminator: Salvation and 3 Days to Kill, but his next film project may turn things around. The director has signed on to produce and helm a new horror film titled The Babysitter, based on a Black List screenplay from writer Brian Duffield.
Per Variety, McG originally signed on to produce The Babysitter, but ultimately decided he would also direct the project in order to maintain his creative vision. The film centers on a 12-year-old boy who is in love with his babysitter, and the night they spend dealing with life’s usual problems…and murder.
For those unfamiliar with the Black List, it’s an annual survey of the most loved screenplays that have not yet been produced. Jon Spaihts’ screenplay for the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi film Passengers was once on the Black List, for instance. McG and his Wonderland Productions banner picked up Duffield’s screenplay for The Babysitter back in 2014.
Duffield also wrote the screenplay for Divergent sequel Insurgent, as well as Jane Got a Gun, the long-delayed Natalie Portman western directed by Gavin O’Connor. As for McG, he hasn’t directed a film since 2014's 3 Days to Kill, and has instead been focusing his attention on TV, directing episodes of The Mysteries of Laura and Kevin From Work, and the pilot of the upcoming ABC Family series Shadowhunters, based on the YA book series The Mortal Instruments.