David Slade’s Dark Harvest Horror Adaptation Set for September 2021
Deadline is reporting that the feature adaptation of horror novel Dark Harvest has been set for September 24, 2021, by MGM. The movie, which was previously set up at New Regency, will open against Paramount Pictures’ My Little Pony and an untitled Universal event film.
Dark Harvest, based on Norman Partridge’s novel, is set on Halloween in 1963 and centers around the October Boy aka Ol’ Hacksaw Face aka Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. 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.
David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) directs from a script by Michael Gilio (Dungeons and Dragons, Kwik Stop, Jolene). Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl serve as producers via Matt Tolmach Productions (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Venom, Jumanji: The Next Level). Gilio will also executive produce.
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 number of episodes for TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Hannibal, American Gods, and the Emmy-nominated Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
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