If you’re a fan of high concept horror, you may already be familiar with the work of author Grady Hendrix. His novels include Horrorstor, which revolves around a haunted Ikea-esque furniture store, and the recently released We Sold Our Souls, about a metal guitarist who discovers that a former bandmate made a dark deal for ownership of her soul. The former has already been optioned as a TV series by Josh Schwartz, but now this month it has been announced that another Hendrix story, the 2016 book My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is coming to the big screen. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Endeavor Content (Killing Eve) has acquired the film rights to Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Writer-director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) is on board as a producer and is looking to potentially direct it as well. Jenna Lamia (Awkward, 90210) will pen the script with creative input from Hendrix.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is set in 1988 and is described as “an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist.” The plot centers on two friends, Abby and Gretchen, who find their relationship tested “after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong.” It seems like a premise that would appeal to teens as well as an older audience eager for ’80s nostalgia, not unlike say… Stranger Things. Hendrix also wrote the script for an upcoming horror movie called Satanic Panic. Are you interested in a movie adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism?