A movie adaptation of In the Tall Grass, a novella collaboration between father and son Stephen King and Joe Hill, is coming to Netflix.
Westworld and X-Men star James Marsden is currently in negotiations to star in the adaptation, which will be directed by Vincenzo Natali, who’s best known for 1997’s Cube and 2009’s Splice. Natali also directed the pilot episode for the now homeless Tremors TV series starring Kevin Bacon.
In the Tall Grass was originally published in Esquire magazine in two parts, beginning in the June/July 2012 issue, and concluding in the August 2012 issue. Here’s more info on the story from King’s website:
In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they’ve lost one another. The boy’s cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen and Joe can deliver.
Netflix recently release two movie adaptations of King’s work, 1922 and Gerald’s Game.
AMC recently ordered a new series based on Hill’s NOS4A2, and a series based on his Locke & Key looked like it was finally going to happen at Hulu, but they ultimately passed on the show, leaving it searching for a new home yet again. Hulu does have the upcoming Castle Rock, however, which is set in the multiverse created by King.
If you want to read Hill and King’s In the Tall Grass, you can find the Kindle version over at Amazon. There’s also an audio version of the story, which is read by Tombstone, Avatar, Don’t Breathe, and Into the Badlands star Stephen Lang.
No release window has been announced for the film’s arrival on Netflix yet. Production is set to begin in Toronto this summer.
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