Deadline reports that Cianfrance replaces Leigh Whannell, who left the project earlier this year due to conflicting schedules. Cianfrance will also pen the script, reportedly based on a story pitched by Ryan Gosling.
Gosling, who is set to star in the feature, will also produce alongside Ken Kao and Jason Blum. Previously, he has collaborated with Cianfrance on titles including Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine.
“Horror movies were my first love – my entry into what cinema was capable of narratively, psychologically and aesthetically,” read a statement from Cianfrance. “Coupled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ryan again, this is truly a dream come true.”
“I’m thrilled and inspired to work with the good folks at Blumhouse and Universal to bring this monster back to life in our collective unconscious.”