German filmmaker Marcus Nispel (‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ ‘Pathfinder,’ ‘Friday The 13th’) is to take the director’s chair for ‘Stowaway,’ an “edgy and original R-rated monster movie” scripted by scripted by Scott Sandler, Connor Colebrook and Juhani Nurmi.

Based on a story by Nispel and Nurmi, the horror tale is inspired by Nordic mythology and follows a young woman as she heads out on a yacht with the family of her fiancé. She soon discovers a family secret at the bottom of the ocean.

“Having revived major franchises like ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Friday The 13th,’ I intend to create the beginning of a new horror franchise with ‘Stowaway,’” said Nispel in a statement. “There has not been an edgy and original R-rated monster movie in a long time; a monster that is humanoid and strikes from below dark waters is so innately scary that it will stand shoulder to shoulder with other iconic brands, and at the same time reinvent claustrophobic and maritime horror, thus appealing to a whole new generation of audiences.”

Principal photography is expected to kick off in the autumn, with Nispel also producing alongside Stefan Brunner. Juergen J. Straub will serve as executive producer.