Yellowjackets breakout star Sophie Thatcher and Chris Messina (Birds of Prey) have signed on to star in 20th Century Studios’ adaptation of the Stephen King short story The Boogeyman, from Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, Deadline has learned.
The film, which will debut on Hulu, will be directed by Rob Savage (Host) 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine & Dan Cohen producing. Akela Cooper (Malignant) and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place) helped pen the film’s first few drafts, wile Mark Heyman is finalizing the script.
The official logline is as follows: Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her little brother find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late. The original short story follows one man’s visit to a psychiatrist, as he details how his children were killed by a mysterious and violent presence he refers to as “The Boogeyman.”
Thatcher also recently appeared in episode 4 of Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett, which is currently streaming now. Messina had himself a busy 2021 starting with the Netflix thriller I Care A Lot. His film Call Jane, recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival and also stars for Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver. As for Savage, shortly after the success of Host, the director struck a multi-picture deal with Blumhouse and is currently in the midst of promoting the first product of that deal titled Dashcam.