Sydney Sweeney to star in and produce ‘The Caretaker’ for Universal

Sydney Sweeney and Universal are teaming up for a film adaptation of “The Caretaker,” based on the short story by Marcus Kliewer.

Sweeney is attached to star and produce with Jonathan Davino on behalf of her production banner Fifty-Fifty Films. A director has yet to be named. Karl Gajdusek (“Oblivion”) is set to write the adaptation.

“The Caretaker” follows a young woman who lands a babysitting job on Craigslist, only to find the stakes are much higher and more dangerous than portrayed in the job description.

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Universal won the deal through a bidding process after Fifty-Fifty and Platinum Dunes, who had an initial deal with Universal, brought the project to the studio.

Michael Bay and Brad Fuller will produce through Platinum Dunes and Scott Glassgold will produce for Ground Control. Executive vice president of production Matt Reilly and creative director Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.

The news comes a day after it was announcement that the “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus” actress will star in and executive produce Sony’s remake of “Barbarella.” She has two other projects underway at Sony: Marvel’s “Madame Web,” currently in production, and an adaptation of “The Registration.” The two-time Emmy nominee will next appear in “National Anthem,” alongside Paul Walter Hauser, Simon Rex, Halsey and her “Euphoria” co-star Eric Dane.

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“Stranger Things” producer Gajdusek’s previous work includes the Tom Cruise vehicle “Oblivion,” Matthew Vaughn’s “The King’s Man,” and the “Last Resort” series, which he also created. Next up is a series adaptation of “Super Sad True Love Story” directed by Ben Stiller and the sci-fi movie “Courage” starring Vaughn.

Sweeney is represented by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox, LLP Gajdusek is represented by Verve, Entertainment 360 and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo, LLP. Kliewer is represented by Verve, Ground Control and Ashley Silver. Verve and Ashley Silver also represent Ground Control.

Deadline reported the news for the first time.

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