David Slade’s feature adaptation of Norman Partridge’s novel Dark Harvest is headed to MGM Film Group under their newly minted chairman Michael De Luca (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare).
Micahel Gilio (Kwik Stop) will write the script for the film and will also serve as an executive producer on the project.
From the novel’s official synopsis:
Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.
Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He’s willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. 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 . . .
The novel won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award and has appeared on numerous “Best Of” lists since it was first published.
Slade has a knack for directing horror films that stimulate conversation and pushing the boundaries of horror with projects like Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
It will be interesting to see how this team of creatives bring this particularly nostalgic horror novel to life.
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