Screen Gems has won the film rights for Sam Ripley’s horror novel, The Rule of Three, before its publication. The production company is collaborating with Smile producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill to adapt the story into a movie, and is currently searching for a screenwriter.
The book is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster UK in June, and US rights were recently pre-empted by Emily Bestler at Simon & Schuster US for a six-figure sum.
The author is a well-established and successful British writer with over a million global book sales.
The Rule of Three follows three women who believe in a mythical curse (called the Rule of Three) and must find a way to break it before they suffer the same fate as those before them. In some ways it is reminiscent of It Follows.
Temple Hill’s George Berman will oversee the film adaptation, with Ethan Cappello assisting. Screen Gems’ Scott Strauss and Dan Primozic handled the deal, and Strauss will oversee the project for the studio with Michael Bitar.
Although the exact details of the novel are unknown, one can look at the brief synopsis to get a general idea of the type of horror movie The Rule of Three sets out to be. Let’s keep an eye on this one.
Last Updated on April 5, 2023.