Blake Lively to star in Netflix’s We Used to Live Here
James R | On 06, Jun 2021
Blake Lively is reteaming with Netflix for We Used to Live Here, a new psychological thriller.
The film is based on a novella by Marcus Kliewer, which was first published within Reddit’s “No Sleep” community, which the site describe as “a place for redditors to share their scary personal experiences”. The story follows a homeowner who finds a family on her front door saying they used to live there and asking to take a look around. With a snowstorm stranding the visitors, the result is a story that explores returning to one’s childhood home.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has turned to Reddit for source material. Last year, the streaming service snapped up the rights to Matt Query’s short story My Wife & I Bought a Ranch, with producers Ground Control Entertainment on board. Ground Control is once again involved here, with the company’s Scott Glassgold set to produce, alongside Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan from 6th & Idaho, which has a first-look deal with Netflix.
Blake Lively is already attached to star in the film, and will also produce alongside Kate Vorhoff from her B for Effort banner. Dan Kagan is also producing.
The six-figure deal does not include the book rights, which Deadline reports will be auctioned off soon.
“I want to thank Reddit, the Nosleep community at large, all the readers who have given story feedback before release, and every single one of the Nosleep mods,” said Kliewer in a statement. “This was not an overnight success. I’ve been writing since I was a kid and writing nosleep stories on and off through various accounts since 2014. After an exceptionally miserable 2020, the support/ enthusiasm of everyone here brought purpose back into my life.”
The deal marks an ongoing relationship between Lively and Netflix. The Gossip Girl star, who has gone on to make The Shallows and A Simple Favour, has a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios, but will soon be seen in the Netflix thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta and the Netflix film Lady Killer, based on the comic book series of the same name. Lively is producing both projects.