Evan Spiliotopoulos will be writing and directing a new feature film titled “Shrine”, based on the horror novel of the same name by James Herbert. Spiliotopoulos will also be producing the film alongside horror legend Sam Raimi, as well as Rob Tapert.
“Shrine” is set in a small New England town, where a disgraced journalist suddenly discovers a series of miraculous events. He uses these happenings to resurrect his failing career, but then begins to believe that something darker is happening in the town.
Herbert, now deceased, is a prominent name in the literary horror genre, and is known as the U.K.’s answer to Stephen King. His book “Shrine” sold over 54 million copies.
Though Evan has worked as an A-list screenwriter for years in Hollywood, this will be his first major directing credit. Spiliotopoulos’ most recent screenwriting effort, the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast”, earned $1.26 billion at the box office, which places it among the top 20 highest-grossing movies of all time.