Shirley Jackson’s Castle Coming to the Big Screen


Michael Douglas’ Further is developing a big screen version of the novel “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” Shirley Jackson’s 1962 book about a reclusive, potentially murderous family.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Mark Kruger (TV’s “The 4400”) has written a draft of the screenplay. Producers are out to cast.

“Castle” revolves around the Blackwood family — primarily of sisters Merricat and Connie and their uncle Julian — who have been forced into seclusion after the mysterious lethal poisoning of several of their family members six years earlier. Merricat is the younger sister, caring for the agoraphobic Connie, while the ailing Julian increasingly is in the grip of his own obsessions.

The plot is further complicated by the arrival of a dubious, long-lost cousin who seeks to secure the family’s fortune.