Well this is a splendid matchup if ever there was Vincenzo Natali (of Splice) will adapt the work of Stephen King and Joe Hill into a movie. Splendid and downright horrifying. All of these gentlemen are capable of creating scary things alone, but together? Oh dear.
Set in an abandoned rest stop, In The Tall Grass starts innocently enough but then, like all good horror books, takes a turn towards the strange and uneasy. The story was originally published in Esquire, but is now available online. In an interview with Screen Daily Natali revealed that he would be adapting the work himself, and shared a few thoughts:
“Who would think that grass could be frightening? 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.”
Here’s the summary from Amazon, sounds adequately terrifying and so on:
As USA TODAY said of Stephen King’s Mile 81: “Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?” In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they’ve lost one another. The boy’s cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.