Penn Badgley is set to topline Screen Gems' mostly unnecessary remake of the 1987 thriller "The Stepfather."
Also on board, according to Variety, are Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward, with Adrianne Palicki also in negotiations.
Badgley will play a teenage boy who begins to suspect that his mother's (Ward) new beau (Walsh) may be a notorious murderer.
Terry O'Quinn played the father in the original.
Production on "Stepfather" would begin this spring with Nelson McCormick ("Prom Night") directing from a script by J.S. Cardone.
Before "Gossip Girl," Badgley appeared in a number of short-lived shows including "The Bedford Diaries," "The Mountain" and "Do Over."
Walsh is currently starring in FX's "Nip/Tuck," while Ward won Emmys for both "Sisters" and "Once and Again." Palicki currently co-stars in NBC's "Friday Night Lights."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times