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SCREEN RANT – Netflix has assigned its original horror comedy The Babysitter an October premiere date. The streaming service has been putting a lot of work into its original horror content in the last year or so, with the crown jewel on that front being hit series Stranger Things.

Acquired by Netflix last year, The Babysitter is a production of New Line Cinema, and is directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation). The script was written by Brian Duffield, who also wrote the 2015 Divergent series entry Insurgent. The plot of The Babysitter is a fairly familiar one, albeit with a twist. A 12-year-old boy falls madly in love with his attractive babysitter – as a boy that age is wont to do – but before things can get creepy in that sense, stuff gets weird, as it turns out said babysitter is a member of a satanic cult that wants to sacrifice the boy.

After spending the last near-year on Netflix’s shelf, the service has decided to unleash The Babysitter on subscribers just in time for the Halloween season, on Friday, October 13 to be exact.



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The film, starring Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving, will be directed by McG.

The Duff star Robbie Amell, who also appears on TV series The Flash, has joined New Line’s film The Babysitter.

Judah Lewis, the breakout star of Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, is starring in the film opposite Samara Weaving.

The New Line film, which will be directed by McG, follows a young boy (Lewis) and his babysitter (Weaving) on a night where things go very wrong, with the boy learning a few lessons about life, love and murder along the way.

McG will produce via his Wonderland Sound & Vision along with the company’s president, Mary Viola. Production is slated for later this Fall in Los Angeles.

The script, by Brian Duffield, generated heat when it was on the 2014 Blacklist. Wonderland initially optioned the project and developed it before taking it to a studio.

Wonderland is co-financing through a partnership with Zack Schiller of Boies/Schiller Film Group. Schiller will exec produce along with James McGough. Duffield also will executive produce along with Wonderland’s Steven Bello, who brought the project in to the company.

New Line execs Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter will oversee for the studio.

Amell plays Ronnie Raymond on The CW’s hit series The Flash, and previously appeared in TV series The Tomorrow People and Revenge. He’ll also appear in the new X-Files miniseries. On the film side, he starred in CBS Films’ The Duff (also produced by Wonderland) and the recent Warner Bros.’ film Max. He’ll also appear in Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey. He’s repped by WME, Protege Entertainment, Coast To Coast and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter