Atomic Monster & Blumhouse Teaming With New Line For New Movie From ‘Evil Dead Rise’s Lee Cronin; April 2026 Release Set

Lee Cronin will direct and write a new movie for Atomic Monster, Blumhouse and New Line. It’s a total greenlight and the first collaboration between the recently combined companies, helmed by James Wan and Jason Blum, with Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group.

Release date is April 17, 2026.

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Plot is being kept secret.

Cronin’s Doppelgängers banner will also be involved.

Cronin’s last film Evil Dead Rise was plucked from an HBO Max release and opened theatrically grossnig a massive $150 million worldwide following its SXSW world premiere last year.

“I am super excited to be gathering up my gang of oddballs from Doppelgängers to join forces with the overlords of horror at Blumhouse and Atomic Monster. Collaborating with Jason, James and the wonderful teams from these two storied and massively successful organizations is what perfect nightmares are made of. Getting to return to New Line Cinema and my wonderful partners over there is the cherry on top. I’ve got something wickedly entertaining and terrifying hidden up my sleeve, and I can’t wait to bring it screaming to the big screen on April 17th, 2026,” said Lee Cronin.

“Lee is a gifted filmmaker in the world of horror whose storytelling has electrified audiences. We’re excited to collaborate with him on this project, and to bring viewers on a wildly entertaining ride,” said James Wan, Atomic Monster CEO and founder.

“Lee’s work is always fresh and surprising and he has an intriguing, modern take on something quite ancient that I think audiences will love. This also marks an exciting series of firsts for us: Atomic Monster and Blumhouse’s first time working with Lee and our first joint project for Warner Bros. We can’t wait to get started,” said Jason Blum, CEO and founder.

Cronin blasted off at Sundance 2019 with his first movie, The Hole in the Ground. Released by A24, the film earned Cronin a Saturn Award nomination for Breakthrough Director. Evil Dead Rise repped his sophomore feature.

Cronin teamed with frequent collaborators John Keville and Macdara Kelleher of Wild Atlantic Pictures to launch Doppelgängers. The genre company has already inked a first-look deal with New Line Cinema for TV and film projects which Cronin will produce, write and direct. Cronin and New Line Cinema are currently in the works on the horror thriller Thaw.

Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are co-financing the film. James Wan and Jason Blum are producers on the film. Michael Clear and Judson Scott are executive producers. Alayna Glasthal is the executive overseeing the project for Atomic Monster.

Lee Cronin is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner Auerbach Hynick Jaime LeVine Sample & Klein.

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