After the success and critical acclaim of A Quiet Place, screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck are planning an adaptation of Stephen King‘s short story, The Boogeyman. Twentieth Century Fox are currently closing a deal for the pitch package and Shawn Levy, Dan Levin and Dan Cohen are set to produce, Deadline have reported.
The Boogeyman was first published in 1973 and then released again in 1978 as part of Stephen King’s Night Shift collection. The story is about a man that loses all of his children to a creature lurking in the closet. It has been a popular choice of adaptation for short filmmakers but this will mark the first time of the story being made into a feature length film.
Stephen King complimented A Quiet Place on Twitter calling it “an extraordinary piece of work” so the news of an adaptation at the hands of Beck and Woods is not the biggest surprise. The screenwriters themselves also confirmed the news in a tweet, stating:
“Ever since we were children, our nightmares have been fueled by the “King” of Horror… so we are absolutely thrilled and honored to be adapting Stephen King’s THE BOOGEYMAN.”
Of course, this is far from the only Stephen King adaptation currently in the works. With IT: Chapter 2 and the Pet Sematary remake being released next year and the Castle Rock series which premieres on Hulu at the end of July, the hype surrounding adaptations of Stephen King’s work is huge right now. Lets hope this take on The Boogeyman will live up to the inevitable anticipation that will surround it. I’m sure Beck and Woods will do brilliant things with it.
Haunt is the name of Beck and Woods current project and is currently in post-production.
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