The Hollywood Reporter has learned that New Line has snatched up the movie rights to “The Boy Who Drew Monsters,” a 2014 horror novel from author Keith Donohue. James Wan, the director behind “Saw” and “The Conjuring,” is attached in a producer role.
The story focuses on the titular boy, a 10-year-old living with both Asperger’s and agoraphobia, who possesses the ability to bring to life whatever he draws. As the novel’s title suggests, yes, he does draw a lot of monsters. In addition to the boy who draws monsters, the novel also includes his best friend, his parents and their housekeeper.
Wan, who is currently preparing to direct “The Conjuring 2,” will produce the film alongside Michael Clear. Screenwriters Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing (“The Autopsy of Jane Doe”) are attached to handle the adaptation. The film adds another to Wan’s rapidly expanding slate; in addition to directing the “Conjuring” follow-up and “Aquaman,” Wan is also producing a new “Mortal Kombat” film.
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