Jeremy Lovering is in negotiations to direct the horror tale "The Bringing" for Sony Pictures, a project that Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Only God Forgives") was previously circling.
The story is based on the macabre history of L.A.'s Cecil Hotel. The latest incident involves Elisa Lam, a woman who was found dead in a water tank on the hotel's roof.
Security footage captures her behaving strangely in a hotel elevator, and the story follows a man investigating her death.
Brandon and Phillip Murphy penned the script while Matt Tolmach and Daniela Cristina Cretu are set to produce.
Lovering previously helmed the "Sherlock" third season premiere, and the acclaimed Irish psychological thriller "In Fear" starring Iain De Caestecker and Allen Leech.