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Lionsgate Picks Up 21 Laps Horror Film Mother Land

In a competitive situation, Lionsgate has picked up Kevin Coughlin & Ryan Grassby’s horror spec Mother Land.

21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce. Lionsgate’s Aaron Janus and Chelsea Kujawa, and 21 Laps’ Emily Morris will oversee the project.

The story is a timely and high concept piece dealing with a family that has been haunted by an evil spirit for years. Their safety and their surroundings come into question when one of the children questions if the evil is real.

Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby wrote the 2016 feature Mean Dreams, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring Bill Paxton, the film was heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “a beautiful, dangerous picture of rural America with echoes of Terrence Malick.”

Bill Paxton and Sophie Nélisse in Mean Dreams (2016)

In addition to Mother Land, Coughlin and Grassby are continuing to work in a variety of genres in features and series.

21 Laps Entertainment, meanwhile, has sold several features in quarantine, this marking their most recent sale.

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About a month ago, 21 Laps landed the highly-competitive Reddit No Sleep article My Wife & I Bought a Ranch at Netflix. They recently-released the Unsolved Mysteries reboot to massive numbers on Netflix, where they’ll soon resume production on Stranger Things Season 4.

21 Laps have also moved Levy’s upcoming untitled Ryan Reynolds time travel film from Paramount to Netflix, which begins production in November.

Shawn Levy on the Stranger Things 3 set

Additionally, Paramount Pictures will release the 21 Laps-produced Love & Monsters on premium video on demand on October 16. Previously titled Monster Problems, the movie stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Jessica Henwick and Arianna Greenblatt.

In the Michael Matthews-directed movie, a monster breaks into a colony’s bunker and kills one of its members. Joel Dawson (O’Brien) sets out to reunite with his high school love (Henwick) and braves dangerous mutated animals, unexpected friendships and foes along the way.

Dylan O’Brien in Love & Monsters (2020)

Unsolved Mysteries will return to Netflix with Volume 2 of Season 1 on October 19, 2020. In the six new episodes, the show profiles more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences.

Perhaps one viewer holds the key to solving these cases. Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this gripping series, from the creators of the original docuseries, Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and 21 Laps.

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