Zoe Kazan (‘What If,’ ‘Ruby Sparks’) is to take the lead in ‘There Are Monsters,’ the next directorial effort from ‘The Strangers’ helmer Bryan Bertino.

‘There Are Monsters’ focuses on a mother (Kazan) and her terrified young daughter Lizzie who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save them.

William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent will produce the horror flick alongside Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures. Production kicks off this summer in Ottawa, Canada.