Deadline is reporting that Chelsea Stardust will direct novelist Grady Hendrix’s horror comedy Satanic Panic for the newly minted Fangoria film division.
Stardust began here career at Blumhouse and then transitioned to Crypt TV where she worked on several short films, before making her directorial debut with Stardust All That We Destroy.
Producer Dallas Sonnier said “Our movie screams for a female director’s vision, and we had a blast getting to know several truly talented candidates. With Chelsea at the helm, I feel strongly that we have a future horror comedy classic on our hands that will be celebrated by Fangoria audiences who crave wickedly entertaining, boundary-pushing movies.”
Hendrix is a bestselling author and recently won the Bram Stoker Award for his examination of horror novels, Paperbacks From Hell (and you can read our review right here) and recently finished his latest novel We Sold Our Souls, another devilish tale set in the world of heavy metal (out this September from Quirk Books).
Hendrix “…hatched the Satanic Panic script with Ted Goeghegan. It’s an After Hours-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting. A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life — and her tips — when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.” Hendrix and Geoghegan recently worked together on Mohawk, which they co-wrote and Geoghegan directed.
Two of Hendrix’s earlier novels are currently in development. Horrorstor, about an IKEA that contains more frightening sites than just flimsy furniture, is being developed as a series with Josh Schwartz, Charlie Kaufman and Gail Berman executive producing, and his first novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism is being produced by the Gotham Group.
Stay tuned for casting news for Satanic Panic when it is announced.