Blumhouse Television and Maniac Productions have secured the rights to the BBC Radio 4’s The Battersea Poltergeist with plans to develop the first season of a scripted ongoing series as well as an unscripted companion series titled Blumhouse’s Ghost Story.
According to a press release we received early today, “The podcast documents the strange events focused around Shirley Hitchings in 1956 that were investigated over a 12-year period, the longest documented poltergeist haunting in history.”
“It’s been an amazing journey making the podcast for the BBC and now I couldn’t have hoped for a better partner than Blumhouse, a leader in the genre, when looking to further develop it,” said executive producer and podcast creator Danny Robins. “I’m thrilled to work with them and Michael to bring the series to life visually. Ghost stories don’t get stranger or scarier than this.”
The Battersea Poltergeist included performances by Toby Jones (The Mist) and Dafne Keen (Logan) and became the number-one podcast on Apple Podcasts with more than 3 million streams and downloads since it was first launched. In addition to the podcast rights, the companies have also secured Hitching’s life rights and the rights to The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist, a book she co-authored with James Clark.
“From our first listen to Danny’s captivating podcast, we were hooked and could easily envision how to bring the story to life – in both scripted and unscripted formats – for television viewers,” said Chris McCumber, Blumhouse Television president. “We’re grateful to Michael Seitzman for identifying the project early on, and championing it so aggressively.”
“Once you listen to the gripping and terrifying true story of Shirley Hitchings, it’s easy to understand why Danny’s podcast inspired two-page spreads in every newspaper in the UK,” added executive producer Michael Seitzman. “It was exactly what we’d been looking for to launch our new ongoing series based on true hauntings. As he did with his podcast, Danny Robins will have viewers sleeping with the lights on after they watch his show!”
There is no word yet on exactly when we’ll see this adaptation of The Battersea Poltergeist come to fruition, but iHorror will keep you posted on all those details as they become available.