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‘Watchmen’ Director Stephen Williams Boards Universal’s Thriller ‘Don’t Go in the Water’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Director Stephen Williams, who most not too long ago helmed HBO’s “Watchmen,” has boarded “Don’t Go within the Water,” an authentic horror movie from Common Footage.

Peter Gaffney wrote the script, most of which is being stored tightly below wraps. The movie is described as a suspenseful monster film.

Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce “Don’t Go within the Water” for 21 Laps Leisure, alongside Adam Kolbrenner for Lit Leisure Group. Adam Rodin is government producing. Common’s government VP of Manufacturing Matt Reilly and director of growth Lexi Barta will oversee the mission on behalf of the studio.

Although productions throughout city have been shutdown indefinitely, studios are nonetheless engaged on including initiatives to their growth slates, particularly in relation to setting writers and administrators to creating IP.

Williams, who was initially found by J.J. Abrams and set as a co-exec producer on “Misplaced,” has minimize his tooth within the TV world over the previous decade. A few of his credit contains Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and AMC’s “The Strolling Useless.”

He was then tapped by Damon Lindeloff, who Williams labored with on “Misplaced,” to direct two episodes of “Watchmen,” together with the “The Extraordinary Being.” His work on the present earned him a Administrators Guild Award nomination, catching the attention of studio executives in Hollywood.

Gaffney is presently creating a number of scripts together with “Harvest” and “Terrestrial.” Levy and Kolbrenner not too long ago produced the 20th Century pic “Free Man,” which Levy directed and stars Ryan Reynolds.

Williams is represented by WME and supervisor Ken Stovitz. Gaffney is represented by Verve.

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