Kevin Bacon and writer/director David Koepp, having worked together in the past on 1999’s Stir Of Echoes, are re-teaming at Blumhouse to make a new movie. It will be titled You Should Have Left, and will be based on the book by popular German author Daniel Kehlmann. Bacon will star and produce while Koepp is writing the script and directing.
The book has some similarities to Stephen King‘s The Shining, revolving around a man who goes up to the alps with his wife and daughter to attempt to write the sequel to hit movie, only to lose his mind in the process.
Worrying about comparisons to King’s famous horror novel, the film will reportedly nix the writer aspect and instead focus on the family as they experience the madness of a house that may or may not exist in this reality.
The similarities to King’s novel are obvious, and the Bacon/Koepp partnership are no strangers to unfortunate comparisons to other popular properties, as Stir Of Echoes was originally released around the same time as The Sixth Sense while having a very similar premise, and went on to disappoint at the box office (though it was in production way before anyone had heard of M. Night Shyamalan‘s film).
Bacon’s been playing plenty of supporting characters recently, with his only starring roles being in smaller films such as Cop Car. It’ll be interesting to see him play the lead in a genuine horror film again, and You Should Have Left looks to have plenty of potential to serve up some genuine scares.
Bacon is always reliable, and while Koepp has had some duds in the past, he’s also the man who helped bring us Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Panic Room, to name a few, so it’s fair to give him the benefit of the doubt here, especially considering that the film is being produced at Blumhouse, who have had their own share of big horror hits recently (Get Out).
The film does not currently have a release date.