Weapons: Barbarian filmmaker Zach Cregger locks and loads his new horror flick at New Line

Barbarian filmmaker Zach Cregger sold his next horror project, Weapons, to New Line for an incredible amount of money and sweet perks.

After wowing audiences with the cult horror smash Barbarianmovie Maker Zach Cregger is quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. Tinseltown executives have been clamoring for a chance to claim Cregger’s next project, with offers as high as eight figures before the concept hit the market. Word around the water cooler suggests executives were knocking down Cregger’s door to get a taste of his next project, but he was unwilling to give up the item. Until now. On January 22, Zach Cregger revealed Arms, a mysterious new project he knew would fight tooth and nail to acquire. After the bidding was fired, New line became the prey’s victory.

Sources indicates that Cregger will bring together eight characters to write and direct Arms, an amount often unheard of for a filmmaker with basically one hit under his belt. In addition to giving Cregger a guaranteed green light, he oversees the film’s final cut, provided test screenings meet expectations. The deal also comes with a theatrical release ahead of plans to transfer the project to a streaming service.

“Zach proved with Barbarian that he can create a visceral theatrical experience for the audience and that he commands every tool in the filmmaker’s tool belt.” said New Line President and CCO, Richard Brener. “We couldn’t be happier than him, Roy [Lee] and Miri [Yoon]and JD [Lifshitz]and Rafi [Margules] chose New Line as the home of his next film, and hopes it’s the first of many to come.”

Until Arms is another hit, New Line is betting that Cregger will become a golden goose of the horror genre. In other words, if Arms firing on all cylinders, Cregger could become another prominent name in horror akin to James Wan, Jason Blum, Mike Flanagan or Jordan Peele. Does that plan sound ambitious? You bet your ass it does. Still, if Cregger plays his cards right and discards another hit, he could be sitting pretty among modern horror royalty.

Plot details for Arms remain a mystery. However, sources close to the project say it is tonally in the vein of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnoliabut you know, there’s no pressure or anything, zach.

What do you think of the studios tripping over themselves to fill up Arms? Do you believe Cregger can get another hit or will he suffer another slump? Please let us know in the comments.

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