Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday we told you about The Watcher, a mysterious stalker who drove a New Jersey family out of their home by sending threatening letters to them, which warned that he was observing their every move. And Hollywood is already intent on turning the true story into a horror movie.
The Tracking Board exclusively reports that several different packages based on the story are being shopped around Hollywood this week, with studios like Blumhouse Productions, New Line Cinema, Dimension Films and Universal scrambling to bring the tale to the big screen.
Though no details have been inked at the time of writing this, the site also notes that directors like James Wan and Bryan Bertino have both come up in discussions about the project. Wan of course directed films like The Conjuring and Insidious, while Bertino was the man behind The Strangers.
‘The Watcher’ began sending letters to Derek and Maria Broaddus shortly after they purchased their New Jersey home back in 2014, and the story came to public attention last week when they filed a lawsuit against the previous owners – insisting that they knew about the stalker but didn’t warn them.
Below you’ll find just a handful of the letters sent to the Broaddus family, who were so terrified by The Watcher’s threats that they never moved into the house. They have three young children, which makes the content of these letters all the more bone chilling…
“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.”
“I asked the Woods (the previous owners) to bring me young blood. Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will.”
“Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them out to me.”
“I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me. Will the young bloods play in the basement?”
“Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in. … It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better.”
“All of the windows and doors … allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house. It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls.”