James Wan’s production company Atomic Monster has picked up the rights to the young adult fiction novel The Troop according to our friends at Deadline. Written by Nick Cutter, The Troop has compiled numerous literary awards including Sunburst Award Nominee for Adult (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Horror (2014), and the James Herbert Award (2015).
If the accolades above don’t do it for you, here’s what Stephen King had to say about the book: “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.”
The novel is described as:
Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected…and one another.
E.L. Katz (Channel Zero) is attached to direct the adaptation, which is being written by Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald.
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