EXCLUSIVE: The Californication and Zero Hour actress is set to star in MGM‘s horror remake, which puts a modern meta twist on the original. Pic takes place in Texarkana, site of the 1946 “Moonlight Murders” that inspired the 1976 cult pic The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Addison Timlin plays Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past. Ryan Murphy is producing with Jason Blum. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed episodes of American Horror Story for Murphy, is helming. Timlin recently appeared opposite Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in Lionsgate’s Stand Up Guys and in the SXSW comedy The Bounceback. She stars as Stormy Llewellyn in the Dean Koontz adaptation Odd Thomas, out later this year. Timlin is repped by Gersh, Management 360, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.
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Ryan Murphy spilled details at a screening last night for the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story. “The movie that I was most freaked out by as a child was this movie that no one ever saw called The Town That Dreaded Sundown… I was just starting to babysit my brother, and the ads for that would come on and I would get freaked out”, he told the audience. MGM’s modern take on the horror movie, based on Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 cult pic about real-life murders committed along the Texas-Arkansas border in 1946, will be produced by Murphy and his Normal Heart producer Jason Blum, with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story) in negotiations to direct. The project has a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who produced and wrote episodes of Glee for Murphy, came in for rewrites on Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and penned MGM’s October-set Carrie remake. The original pic adopted an Unsolved Mysteries-esque approach that could translate to the found-footage elements in Blum’s horror hit Sinister and his Paranormal Activity films. Murphy is repped by CAA. Gomez-Rejon, who served as second unit director on Ben Affleck’s Oscar-nominated Argo, is repped by WME.