David Slade to direct New Regency’s Dark Harvest film adaptation
According to Deadline, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade has signed on to helm New Regency’s forthcoming horror film adaptation titled Dark Harvest, based on author Norman Partridge’s novel of the same name. The film will be penned by Michael Gilio (Dungeons and Dragons) with Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl serving as producers.
The Dark Harvest novel was first published in 2006 and was considered as one of the 100 Best Novels of that year by Publishers Weekly.. It followed the story of a legendary Halloween monster called October Boy. The book’s official synopsis reads: “Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.
Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He’s willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror–and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . .”
You can pick up a copy of the book here.
Slade is no stranger to the horror genre as he had only directed four feature films in his career, three of which are the horror thrillers: Hard Candy starring Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson; 2007’s 30 Days of Night which was led by Josh Hartnett; and his most recent film Nightmare Cinema. He is also best known for directing a numbers of episodes for TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Hannibal, American Gods and Emmy-nominated Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.