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Bidding Battle for Film Rights of Joe Hill’s Short Story ‘Faun’ Won by Netflix and Sugar23

Coming exclusively from Deadline, Faun, an upcoming short story by Joe Hill, has been picked up by Netflix and Sugar23 to be adapted for the screen.

After winning a three-studio bidding war to secure the rights, Netflix is teaming with Jeremy Slater who will write the script and Michael Sugar will produce through his Sugar23 banner along with Ashley Zalta.

For interested readers, the short story will be published in a collection this coming fall titled At Home in the Dark.

Although the winning bid price has not been disclosed, the pitch presented to the buyers was as follows: read more

Shudder’s Upcoming ‘Creepshow’ Anthology Announces Story Line-Up

Fans of the original George Romero and Stephen King collaboration Creepshow will be happy to heat that production has begun on Shudder’s new anthology series, bearing the same name and  format.

According to the official press release, the six-episode season will feature stories by a who’s who list of horror writers and an as yet to be revealed adaptation of a Stephen King story.  The story list so far includes: “By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho Tep, Hap and Leonard), “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes), and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab (Monster House).  Other installments will be lead by David Bruckner (The Ritual),  Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Rob Schrab (Ghosted, Community). read more

Second Trailer Arrives for ‘Pet Sematary’

“Sometimes dead is better.” The much anticipated second trailer for Paramount’s Pet Sematary has arrived. The new preview gives us a glimpse of the dread that awaits the Creed’s as they move to Ludlow.

Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie, and Jete Laurence.

The official synopsis for the film is as follows:

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. read more

HNN Staff Discuss What to Expect in 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be quite a significant one for horror fans, with numerous film and television projects scheduled to premiere across many different platforms.  From Pet Sematary to It: Chapter Two to yet another promising Jordan Peele production, there is reason for both optimism and skepticism within the genre.

Join HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean as they discuss and critique what to expect in 2019.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for the entire episode, and check out our Patreon page for even more exclusive videos and content that you can’t get anywhere else (https://www.patreon.com/horrornewsnetwork). read more

CBS All Access to Adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into 10 Episode Limited Series

The folks at CBS All Access are working hard to make their streaming platform a one stop spot for horror programming. First, they became the exclusive home to Jordan Peele’s new The Twilight Zone reboot; and now they’re turning one of Stephen King’s most popular novels into (another) limited television series!

Variety reports that CBS Television Studios will produce a 10 episode limited series of The Stand for CBS All Access. Josh Boone (The New Mutants, The Fault in Our Stars) will direct the series, based on a script by Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified, SEAL Team, Sneaky Pete). The Stand is a passion project for Boone, who began his love affair with the novel when he was twelve and his religious parents burned his copy in the family fireplace: read more

Stephen King In a Fight Over Rights to ‘The Mist’

You gotta fight…for your right…to Thaaaaaaaa Mist (and somewhere, Adam Yauch is cringing).

It seems that Stephen King is in a fight over the rights for his novella The Mist. The Mist, which was originally published in 1980 in the anthology book Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror and then in 1985 in King’s own book of short stories titled Skeleton Crew, has been made into a 2007 feature film directed by Frank Darabont and a 2017 television series for Spike TV. read more

Ben Mendelsohn to Star in ‘The Outsider’

Variety is reporting that HBO has committed to a series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider. Jason Bateman is set to direct the first two episodes under his Aggregate Films banner which was founded in 2012. Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bloodlines, Ready Player One, Captain Marvel) has landed the lead role of Ralph Anderson in the series.

Written by Stephen King and published on May 22, 2018 by Scribner the 560-page novel quickly landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The synopsis of the book is: read more

Production Wraps on Mike Flanagan’s ‘Doctor Sleep’

Doctor Sleep– the highly anticipated follow-up to The Shining by director Mike Flanagan- is one step closer to hitting theaters! The prolific filmmaker announced on his Facebook page that production on the film has officially wrapped. He also reflected on the awesome experience he had making the movie:

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Jacob Tremblay Joins Cast of ‘Doctor Sleep’

Being one of Hollywood’s fastest up-and-coming young stars, Jacob Tremblay has been announced by TMZ to have joined the growing cast of Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros. Pictures’ adaptation of the Stephen King sequel to The Shining.

At this time, details about Tremblay’s role are unknown but his joining the cast reunites the 12-year-old actor with director Mike Flanagan, whose film Before I Wake served as his feature debut when it was shot in 2013, although it never had an official release in the U.S.. read more

Freeform Greenlights Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’

Things are about to get a bit scarier on Freeform. According to Deadline the Disney-ABC owned channel has launched Stephen King’s Joyland into development. Chris Pena and Cyrus Nowrasteh are signed on to pen the pilot with Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions serving as producer.

Joyland tells the story of a college student who lands a summer job as a carnival worker. What starts as a fun job at a North Carolina amusement park turns into a battle for survival as he comes face to face with a murderer. read more