Amblin Partners has picked up a hot new property from a duo of dominant Hollywood couples, teaming up with Andy and Barbara Muschietti and Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani for an adaptation of the story The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey.
Gordon and Nanjiani will write the script, marking their first feature screenplay since they were Oscar nominated for their autobiographical 2017 picture The Big Sick. Nanjiani is set to star in the film, which will be directed by Andy Muschietti, and produced under Andy and Barbara’s Double Dream banner. Gordon and Nanjiani will also executive produce the project.
The Doubtful Guest tells the story of an eerie, penguin-like creature who arrives at a family’s manor and wreaks havoc on the home’s inhabitants. A 14-page story published in 1957, it will be interesting to see how Gordon and Nanjiani are able to flesh out this story into a feature length property.
Since their 2017 feature, Gordon and Nanjiani co-created the acclaimed AppleTV+ series Little America, an anthology series for which they also co-wrote an episode of. Gordon is currently attached to write a live-action remake of the film Your Name, with Minari director Lee Isaac Chung set to direct. Nanjiani has been extremely busy of late, and can next be seen in Oscar winner Chloé Zhao’s Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster Eternals, releasing in November. He was also recently announced as part of the cast of the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Andy Muschietti is primarily known as the director of the highlight successful It and It Chapter Two, both of which were co-produced by Barbara Muschietti. The duo are currently at work on the DC superhero film The Flash, which Andy is directing and Barbara is co-producing.