Writers can never seem to get away from the paranormal when all they want to do is write their next big break in a secluded and remote area. If you don’t believe me, then just ask Jack Torrance, Alan Wake, or Mort Rainey.
If you’re looking to write your magnum Opus, do not seek a remote location for “inspiration,” because all you’re going to find is despair and malevolent entities.
Interestingly enough, these “disturbed writer” escalation stories usually provide an engaging introspection into the human psyche, and offer insightful commentary on what stress and seclusion can do to a person.
Fans of these stories should be aware that Blumhouse is doing a book-to-film adaptation of You Should Have Left, which will (now) be produced by and starring the legendary Kevin Bacon.
Coincidentally enough, the film will be directed by David Koepp who was the director of Secret Window, a film also following a disturbed writer in a secluded, quiet area. Koepp is also the (script) writer of Jurassic Park and Sony’s Spider-Man.
Concerning the book, You Should Have Left is a novella written by Daniel Kehlmann, and was published on June 13th of last year (translated from English to German). The book’s description is as follows:
“It is fitting that I’m beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air.” These are the opening lines of the journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann’s spellbinding new novel: the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany–a house that thwarts the expectations of his recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. The narrator is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him–and in himself.
The announcement (via Variety) for Blumhouse picking up the project comes shortly after the reveal of their latest acquisition: a movie about a home invasion taking place during an alien invasion.
It’s particularly intriguing to see Blumhouse go with a tried and true trope of horror, while also picking up the script to a concept that is arguably new to the genre.
As for Bacon, while the role is a huge step away from Footloose, he has shown his worth with impressive genre roles in Tremors, Death Sentence, Black Mass, The Following, and Cop Car.
If you are curious about the aforementioned alien-invasion/home-invasion script Blumhouse has picked up, you can check out our article covering the studio’s new project!