Initially announced last February, New Line Cinema's in-the-works remake of the New Zealand horror comedy Housebound now has a screenwriter.

The Tracking Board reports that Christopher Borrelli has been hired to pen the remake of Gerard Johnstone's Housebound (which Lord of the Rings and Dead Alive filmmaker Peter Jackson was a big fan of). Borrelli's writing credits include Whisper, The Marine 2, Eloise, and The Vatican Tapes.

Johnstone is still attached as a producer for the remake, with Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada supervising the project for New Line as it develops.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. For those unfamiliar with the original Housebound movie, we have its official synopsis and trailer below. Do you want to see a remake of Housebound?

"Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return."

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