Universal Pictures have hired Straight Outta Compton co-writer Jonathan Herman to write the script for their planned re-imaging of the Mark Wahlberg-Reese Witherspoon led 1996 movie Fear.

The all new re-imaging of the psychological thriller is said to be from a female perspective this time after the original story revolves around an upper-middle-class family whose seemingly perfect existence is threatened when their teenage daughter begins dating an attractive and mysterious young man, much to her father’s chagrin.

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The original film was directed by James Foley from a screenplay by Christopher Crowe and also starred William Petersen, Alyssa Milano and Amy Brenneman. Original producer Brian Gazer will return to produce for Imagine Entertainment. Universal’s EVP Production Jon Mone and creative executive Christine Sun will oversee alongside Imagine’s Tyler Mitchell. No further details of the new movie have been revealed.

Grazer once described the 1996 outing as  “Fatal Attraction for teens” – a loose recollection in which Wahlberg and Witherspoon have the Glenn Close and Michael Douglas roles. Even though the film received less than positive reviews at the time of release, the film has gone on to have a more favourable reevaluation, some stating that it has improved with age, like a fine wine.

Hermann has become hot property since coming off the Straight Outta Compton, He has recently been hired to pen Channing Tatum and Michael De Luca’s Bloodlines, an adaptation of Melissa Del Bosque’s novel. He has also adapted Chris Pavone novel, The Travellers which is to be co-directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon and has submitted a rewrite on the Scarface remake for Universal who are currently eyeing Antoine Fuqua for the director’s chair.