20th Century Fox and 21 Laps are currently finalizing a deal to turn ‘The Boogeyman’, Stephen King’s famous short story into a feature length horror movie.
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.
The movie will be written by screenwriter duo Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the same people who wrote King’s other work, A Quiet Place.
Confirming the news, Beck and Woods wrote on their shared Twitter account, “Ever since we were children, our nightmares have been fueled by the ‘King’ of Horror. So we are absolutely thrilled and honored to be adapting Stephen King’s THE BOOGEYMAN for 20th century fox and 21 Laps!”
The Boogeyman is a short story which was first published in 1973; later in 1978 as part of King’s horror collection Night Shift. The story revolves around a father who thinks that his children’s recent deaths were because of a mysterious creature which is hiding in their closets. The chilling narrative plays with every parent’s worst fear of their inability to protect their children.
Though this is not the first time that the short story is being adapted on-screen. The Boogeyman is considered a “favorite of short filmmakers” and has been adapted on seven different occasions but none of those were commercial productions. And so, Fox and 21 Laps’ deal will be the first feature adaptation of the story.