Before landing the gig directing Shazam! for DC Films, David F. Sandberg made a name for himself in the realms of horror with Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation.
Sandberg is set to return to horror’s loving arms with his next project, The Unsound, which is an adaptation of the BOOM! Studios graphic novel of the same name. And now it’s been announced that Netflix has acquired the rights to the project.
Penning the screenplay for the adaptation is Skylar James, whose script 29 Mole Street was a top pick for both the BloodList and Hit List.
Sandberg is also producing with Lotta Losten through their production company MÃ¥ngata, which was formed recently. BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy also produce, and Adam Yoelin and James will executive produce.
The Unsound follows a psychiatrist who returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient, hoping to quell a bloody wave of horror that’s been unleashed. As she descends down the rabbit hole and discovers hard truths about her own past, she comes to understand the hospital is hiding secrets of its own, and perhaps she and her mother have more in common than she realized.
Coming off the massive global success of Shazam!, this project marks Sandberg’s return to the horror genre, where his feature films Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation grossed over $450MM worldwide. Sandberg and Losten have been consistently lauded in the genre film space over the years. Their short film “˜Lights Out’ became a viral hit with over 100 million views and quickly began making waves in Hollywood where it was eventually snatched up by New Line and Warner Bros for the feature adaptation of the same name.
The graphic novel the movie is based on was written by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Harrow County) with Jack T. Cole creating the illustrations. You can pick up a copy over at Amazon if you want to read it before the movie is released. You can also check out our Comic Spotlight for the first issue if interested.
No release window for The Unsound has been announced yet.
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