Horror Director Takes Reins On Adaptation Of ‘American Reaper’ Comic

by Thomas Tuna

Amblin Partners is working on a big screen adaptation of the horror/science-fiction comic book American Reaper, with Ciaran Foy sitting in the director’s chair.

There’s a strong horror connection being brought to bear on this project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Foy recently worked with Intrepid Pictures–which was the driving force behind Doctor Sleep–on the Netflix horror film Eli.

Foy also helmed Sinister 2, and most recently directed an episode of Netflix’s highly anticipated anthology The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second season of The Haunting of Hill House.

Foy also will write the screenplay with Kyle Ward, a script based on the comic book by writer Pat Mills and artist Clint Langley. The storyline, as explained, is set in the near future when elderly, wealthy criminals–called Snatchers–kidnap teenagers, erase their minds and take over their bodies in order to gain a new lease on life. These identity thieves are, in turn, hunted and killed by federal agents known as Reapers.

The rights to the original comic book–which was serialized in Judge Dredd Magazine from 2011-2015–were owned originally by Xingu Films for a feature adaptation in 2011, but that project never reached fruition.

Intrepid Pictures will develop and produce this new film, with Amblin handling the financing. Horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy will act as producers, with Melinda Nishioka, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler and Alex Francis serving as executive producers. Jeb Brody and John Buderwitz will oversee the film for Amblin.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the big screen adaptation of American Reaper.


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