Based On Daniel Kehlmann’s Novel

Amanda Seyfried will star opposite Kevin Bacon in You Should Have Left, a supernatural thriller from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.

David Koepp, the veteran screenwriter behind Jurassic Park and 2002’s Spider-Man, will direct the project, which is set to go into production later this year.

Bacon and Koepp have previously worked together on Stir of Echoes

The story is told from a screenwriter’s POV who holes up in a remote house in the Alps with his wife and daughter so he can work on a sequel to his big hit. There are glimpses of Stephen King’s The Shining throughout the course of the story, which sees the writer slowly spiralling into madness as unexplained happenings start to chip away at his sanity. Delivered in a diary-like format, forcing the reader to experience the first-person descent into madness throughout the course of the novel.


Bacon brought the novel to director David Koepp’s attention who then wrote the script and will direct the film. The two previously worked together on Stir of Echoes. Production is set to start later this year.