With the success of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which brought together 1980s nostalgia with horror, many fans will undoubtedly be excited to read those two ingredients will combine once again with the teaming of horror author Joe Hill and “Oculus” writer/director Mike Flanagan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Hill’s new novella “Snapshot 1988.” Flanagan and his “Ouija: Origin of Evil” collaborator Jeff Howard are in talks to write the project, which hails from Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.
Set in 1988, “Snapshot 1988” centers on a 13-year-old boy who winds up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper. The boy attributes her memory loss to some form of dementia but soon learns ther condition has a more sinister cause: a man called The Phoenician, who steals memories with a camera.
“Stranger Things” was the talk of summer television, with audiences praising its unabashed nostalgia as well as its nods toward ’80s Amblin films and the novels of Stephen King.
The acclaimed author of such horror novels as “Horns,” “NOS4A2” and “The Fireman,” Hill is also the co-creator, with artist Garbriel Rodriguez, of the Eisner Award-winning comic “Locke & Key.”
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