As reported by Variety, James Wan’s production company – Atomic Monster – has acquired the rights to The Troop, an infectiously horrific novel by Nick Cutter. A film adaptation is in the works with director E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills) at the helm.
The story follows a troop of boy scouts on a camping trip who must contend with paranoia and paralyzing fear when their scout leader is infected by an intensely effective and aggressively contagious pathogen of unknown origin.
Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson) has made a name for himself in the horror community as a talented author whose detailed writing style has been compared to Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Haunted). The Troop is full of tension, terror, and tons of stomach-churning body horror, so we anticipate that a film version – produced by Wan – could be wonderfully brutal and juicy.
The Troop will be written by Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald (The Trench), and produced by Atomic Monster, JS Entertainment, and Starlight Media.
Atomic Monster has quite a few exciting new projects in the works, including The Conjuring 3 which is set for release on Sept 11, 2020, a new Mortal Kombat film currently in pre-production (set for release on March 5, 2021), There’s Someone Inside Your House for Netflix (directed by Patrick Brice of Creep fame), and an untitled horror film that will be directed by Wan.