Director David Slade’s feature film adaptation of Norman Partridge’s Halloween horror novel Dark Harvest is one step closer to the big screen, as the project has found a home at MGM.
Deadline reports that this is the first big project under MGM’s newly arrived Film Group Chairman Michael De Luca, who has previously been behind such horror successes as the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and Seven at New Line. De Luca also wrote and produced 1991’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, as well as the TV series Freddy’s Nightmares.
Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producers thru Matt Tolmach Productions, which is currently hot off the success of the last two Jumanji movies and Venom, which combined have grossed over $2.6 billion.
David Slade (30 Days of Night, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) will direct the movie adaptation of Norman Partridge’s 2006 novel from a script by Michael Gilio, who co-wrote Paramount’s forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons film.
The book is set during Halloween of 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife wielding October Boy, aka Ol’ Hacksaw Face aka Sawtooth Jack. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. One teen, Pete McCormick, knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in the one-horse town. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror – and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy.
We will be following this project closely as it develops. Look for casting news soon.
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