“CUBE”/“SPLICE” director is doing “GRASS,” from Stephen King/Joe Hill storyMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Stephen King has seen a ton of screen adaptations of his work, his son Joe Hill has had a couple, and now a tale they collaborated on is getting feature-film treatment.
Screen Daily reports that Toronto’s Copperheart Entertainment is producing IN THE TALL GRASS, based on a novella by King and Hill that first appeared in Esquire magazine. Vincenzo Natali, whose credits include CUBE, SPLICE and episodes of HANNIBAL, wrote the script and will direct the story of a young man and his pregnant sister who, while driving throught the countryside, hear a boy calling for help and wind up in a struggle for survival. “When they go to assist the boy, they discover that strange forces are at work,” Natali tells the trade. “Space is warped so that one minute they are together and the next they are miles apart. The field is an ineffable maze from which there is no escape. Before long they have lost their bearings and each other. But they are not alone…
“Who would think that grass could be frightening?” he continues. “Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill to find a way. They have transformed an otherwise innocuous Kansas field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read.” Steve Hoban, whose credits include the GINGER SNAPS films, is the producer; filming begins in September in the Toronto area.