Filming is underway for the Netflix adaptation of father/son duo Stephen King and Joe Hill’s short story In the Tall Grass! Deadline reports Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious, Aquaman), Laysla De Oliveira (Nikita, Covert Affairs), and Harrison Gilbertson (Need for Speed, Haunt) will star. James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men) was originally in talks for the lead role, but scheduling conflicts bumped him out of the project.
Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is set to direct the thriller, while Steven Hoban, Jimmy Miller, and M. Riley are attached as producers.
Here is the premise as reported by Deadline:
After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out… and that something evil lurks within the tall grass.
A first look for In the Tall Grass was also posted via Netflix Film on Twitter showing one creepy image of a girl lurking within the brush. Field of Screams seems like a more fitting name for this movie. *Shudders*
I should've known @StephenKing and @joe_hill would make grass, literally grass, into something terrifying. Here's a first look at "In The Tall Grass," a new thriller directed by Vincenzo Natali, and starring Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, and Harrison Gilbertson. Coming 2019 pic.twitter.com/iN1oVaCFp2
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) August 7, 2018
Stephen King adaptations have been popping up like weeds lately, with Netflix having also adapted Gerald’s Game and 1922 just last year. Hulu’s anthology series Castle Rock is the most recent screen adaptation based on King’s work, and has been met with very strong reviews. Joe Hill’s writing is also seeing interest on the screen with his novel NOS4A2 getting picked up by AMC for a 10-episode series, and Netflix reportedly creating a series for Hill’s graphic novel Locke and Key.
Patrick Wilson is a horror veteran, and his involvement in the film should get plenty of genre fans excited. If Netflix maintains the same quality for In the Tall Grass that they did with Gerald’s Game and 1922, then King fans should definitely be ready to add this one to their watchlists.
The movie is set to hit the streaming service worldwide sometime in 2019.
What do you think of the casting and first image for In the Tall Grass? Keep your eyes peeled for more news on this and other Stephen King and Joe Hill adaptations!