Christopher Landon, director of HAPPY DEATH DAY, Producing Grady Hendrix's MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM
The Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive report on this scoop but I don’t think that horror fans could be any more excited. Christopher Landon has quietly been a massive name in horror for years, writing smash hits Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 as well as The Marked Ones, alongside Disturbia, the Shia LaBeouf led modern interpretation of Rear Window, Landon has proven time and time again that he is master of mixing teenage drama and adolescent life with tense and taut thrills and horror. He further cemented his spot as a master mixologist with his directorial pictures, Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse and most recently the Blumhouse surprise success Happy Death Day.
Needless to say that he’s a name to watch and if his name is attached the project, it promises to be nothing less than interesting.
Now, for the other name attached to this project. Grady Hendrix has quickly become known as one of the most inventive and creative storytellers in horror. His ability to blend pop culture with the horror genre has made him one of the premier authors in fiction and non-fiction. If he continues at the rate he’s been barreling along at, he’ll soon be mentioned alongside authors such as Bradbury, Matheson, Jackson and even King. Whether it’s an evil store riffing on the trademark design of Ikea in Horrostor, exploring the decades of weirdo dime store in Paperbacks from Hell, or masterfully digging into a coming of age tale from the eighties that is as much Hughes as it is Blatty, his stories always offer a raucous and wild ride that is equally terrifying and laugh inducing.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism takes place in 1988 and tells the story of best friends Abby and Gretchen. It’s their junior year and after experimenting with LSD, Gretchen disappears into the woods only to return a few hours later but noticeably different. As the year rolls on, Gretchen descends into a dark spiral and Abby proves that some friendships are deeper than blood.
The book is an absolute must read and if you haven’t read it yet, run out and grab it. Hendrix has a deft hand when it comes to balancing the bright bubblegum neon pop of the late eighties with chilling moments of true spine-tingling terror.
Endeavor Content secured the rights for the book and the script is being penned by another clever writer who has very much proven their worth with teenage know-how, Awkward scribe Jenna Lamia. A director hasn’t been announced yet but with Landon and Lamia on board, as well as Hendrix tagging along as a creative consultant, this is already one of the most anticipated films of whatever year it comes out. We’ll keep you updated with any news on the project. Until then, read Hendrix’s works, watch Happy Death Day, and look forward to Happy Death Day 2U soon!