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Dylan McDermott is moving from the horrors of the small screen to the horrors on the big screen as he has just signed on to take the male lead in the upcoming Universal film ‘Mercy.’

‘Mercy’ is based on a short story written by Stephen King called “Gamma” and centers around two brothers who go with their mother to take care of their elderly senile grandmother named Mercy. Unbeknownst to them, Mercy is a witch who had made a pact with an evil force using dark magic many years earlier. Compound this with the fact that the story takes place in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and includes creatures and characters featured in his works, this is a horror film that deserves to be made!

While McDermott has done a lot of television and film gigs, it’s his work on ‘American Horror Story’ that has garnered him much attention these days. His appearance in Season 2 of the anthology series, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum,’ just aired last Wednesday much to the delight of the show’s fans.

In ‘Mercy,’ McDermott will play a man who long ago had a relationship with the mother and still has feelings for her, even though he is now married.

He will be joining Frances O’Connor (‘A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,’ ‘Timeline’) who will play the role of the mother with Chandler Riggs (Carl on ‘The Walking Dead’) playing her son, George, and Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb in ‘Super 8’) his brother.

Matt Greenberg, who has written screenplays for numerous horror films such as ‘Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later,’ ‘The Prophesy II’ and ‘Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest,’ penned the script for ‘Mercy.’ He may soon gain the title of the go-to scribe for King adaptations as this is the  third script he’s written based on King’s work (‘1408’ and the reboot of ‘Pet Cemetery’ being the other two). Peter Cromwell (‘A Haunting in Connecticut’) will be helming the film with Jason Blum (‘Insidious,’ ‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘Dark Skies’) producing.

While no production start date has been announced, it may be soon once the casting of someone to play Mercy is filled. Keep checking back here at as we’ll keep you updated with any ‘Mercy’ news that develops!


Source: Variety