Today Deadline reports that Mike Flanagan will be directing Christopher Pike's sci-fi horror novel The Season of Passage, the filmmaker's second Pike project for Intrepid Pictures after The Midnight Club lands. As a lifelong Pike nerd, an enormous fan of all of Flanagan's output, and a decades-long espouser that The Season of Passage needs to be a movie ASAP, this pretty much feels like the best news ever.
I mean, get a load of that cover, no? While Deadline is saying "plot details are being kept secret," I can tell you that the plot of Pike's book is riveting as heck:
Dr. Lauren Wagner was a celebrity. She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken: a manned expedition to Mars. The whole world admired and respected her.
But Lauren knew fear. Inside—voices entreating her to love them. Outside—the mystery of the missing group that had gone before her. The dead group.
But were they simply dead? Or something else?
This project created something of a "competitive situation," apparently, and I approve. I'm ready for an entire decade's worth of Pike-adapted projects from Flanagan. Bring on Remember Me! Let's see The Eternal Enemy! (Remember that cover?) How about Fall Into Darkness? – which I only this moment discovered was made into a TV movie starring Tatyana M. Ali and Jonathan Brandis, and sure, I'll be watching that tonight, but this title could probably still use the Flanagan treatment.
In other words, I'm extremely excited, and you should be, too. Here's more from Deadline: