reza-safiniaReza Safinia has been hired to score the upcoming fantasy horror film Mercy. The movie directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) is based on the short story Gramma by Stephen King about two young boys who go with their single mother to take care of their  grandmother and discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before. Frances O’Connor, Dylan McDermott, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, Mark Duplass and Chris Browning are starring in the movie. Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire) has adapted the short story for the screen. Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is producing the project through his Blumhouse Productions company, alongside McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) and Mary Viola for Wonderhouse Sound and Vision. Mercy will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No release date has been announced yet.

Safinia has previously scored the indie drama Filly Brown starring Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos. The film premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set for a theatrical release on April 19. As reported last week, Milan Records will release a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score. Safinia also has written the music for the thriller Snap directed by Youssef Delara & Victor Teran and starring Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley and Gina Rodriguez. The movie set in the underground world of dubstep DJ premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last month. No word yet on a distribution deal.