'Happy Death Day' Filmmaker, Gotham Group Tackling Horror Novel 'My Best Friend's Exorcism' (Exclusive)
Besting out several suitors, Endeavor Content, the entity behind Killing Eve and Colette, has picked up film rights to My Best Friend’s Exorcism, a horror novel by Grady Hendrix.
Christopher Landon, the writer-director of the Happy Death Day movies, will produce the pic along with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Landon is developing the feature adaptation as a potential directing vehicle.
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Quirk Books, the publisher behind the book as well as such titles as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is also producing, making Best Friend’s Exorcism its first foray into movies.
Jenna Lamia, who was a writer on Awkward and 90210, has been tapped to pen the script, with Hendrix on board to creatively consult.
A sort of Beaches meets Heathers meets The Exorcist, the 2016 book blended teen, sisterhood and horror to great acclaim, being named one of Paste magazine’s 50 best horror novels of all time.
The story, set in 1988, follows the relationship of two best friends, Abby and Gretchen. After an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act more and more different, as Abby slowly comes to believe her friend has become demonically possessed. Both girls must soon face a tough question: Is their friendship strong enough to beat the Devil?
Endeavor Content will co-finance and handle worldwide sales.
Hendrix has become a rising star in the fright field, in both lit and Hollywood circles, thanks to his blend of horror, humor and heart. His novel Horrorstor, set in a haunted IKEA store, is being developed as a series by Josh Schwartz and Gail Berman, while production just wrapped on his first original movie, Satanic Panic, which stars Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell and is produced by Fangoria and Aperture Entertainment. His latest tome, We Sold Our Souls, was published in September.
Hendrix is repped by Aperture's Adam Goldworm, Joshua Bilmes of Jabberwocky and Gang Tyre. Lamia is repped by UTA.
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