Variety is reporting that Universal has acquired HATER, David Moody’s 2006 novel & to be produced by Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro. According to the article, "The thriller is about an epidemic of random violence in which ordinary people strike lethally without warning or remorse. Book will be adapted for the screen by Glen Mazzara." Sounds… kinda like THE SIGNAL?

"What I loved about ‘Hater’ is it recognizes the reality that we live in, where it is incredibly easy to polarize, to hate for gender, race, age," del Toro told Daily Variety.

Pic will be developed under the first-look deal that del Toro made at U when the studio committed to "HELLBOY 2."

"HATER" was first optioned by Johnson, who originally approached del Toro to direct. But del Toro since committed to helming "THE HOBBIT," which will keep him in New Zealand for the next four years.

"I’ll carry my weight on the creative side, in choosing elements and storyboarding, but it will be up to Mark and the director we choose to execute the day to day," he said. "THE HOBBIT" is a "monumental task, and I don’t want to do anything that detracts from my attention to that."

Among the other projects del Toro has in development under his U deal are more "HELLBOY" films and his scripted adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s "AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS," about Antarctic explorers who encounter terror in the tundra.

"I think we need to re-create the tentpole studio horror film," del Toro said.

Read the full piece on VARIETY right HERE.

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