James Wan and Ingrid Bisu teased their fascination with body horror by coming up with the story idea behind last year’s cleverdirected by Wan and written by Akela Cooper. Now they take that fascination further with Cosmetica body horror film set in the beauty industry.
By deadline, Cosmetic is based on a story idea by Wan and Bisu. Norman HR and Micheline Pitt are attached to write the script and direct, and the film has been acquired by Screen Gems.
The body horror feature “is set in the beauty industry, colliding the worlds of glamor and body horror in a supernatural tale of one girl’s deadly pursuit of perfection”.
Bisu previously shared with Bloody Disgusting the origins of body horror that inspired cleversaying “I love watching documentaries about medical anomalies, twins, parasitic twins, teratomas. So that’s where this idea came from, I pitched it to James, and he said, ‘ Wow this is really interesting. How would this work? I went online and did all my research on this and found some crazy stuff. It will be fascinating to see how Bisu’s inspirations play out. are manifested in a new body horror story idea.
Scott Strauss and Michael Biter oversee the project for Screen Gems. Wan and Michael Clear produce for Atomic Monster with Bisu and Judson Scott of Atomic Monster executive producing.
Co-director Pitt is no stranger to the beauty world; the established artist and designer owns and runs fashion company Vixen, which has established numerous creative partnerships with major film studios for officially licensed branded horror apparel, such as THIS and ghost hunters. Norman and Pitt are a married writing and directing team, and they previously co-wrote and directed “Grummy,” a dark fairy tale based on his own childhood abuse survival story.
Wan’s Atomic Monster has had no shortage of genre hits that include the annabelle franchise, Lights Out, The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona, Mortal Kombat, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and clever. Atomic Monster also has a tech thriller M3GAN, Salem Bundleand The nun 2 on my way.