The Final Girl Support Group series in the works at Annapurna
According to Deadline, Annapurna Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to author Grady Hendrix’s upcoming horror novel titled The Final Girl Support Group which pays homage to iconic slasher films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare at Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The studio is planning to adapt the horror thriller novel into a series with longtime collaborators Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, The Fix) attached to pen the project.
The novel is being described a s a fresh new take on the slasher genre. It centers around the women in the titular group who have been in therapy together for decades – ever since one was attacked by a cannibal family in Texas, by a machete wielding maniac at summer camp, by an older brother who returned to settle scores on Halloween, by a lunatic who allegedly entered their dreams. These are the middle-aged survivors of the real-life crimes the slasher movies are based on. Some of them are addicts, some are in denial, and some have become motivational speakers. And now the final girls are mysteriously dying, one by one.
The series adaptation will be executive produced by Hendrix alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, and Patrick Chu. Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm has also been set as an executive producer, who is also working on another adaptation of Hendrix’s horror adaptations that are currently in development.
Set to launch on July 13, 2021 by Berkley, The Final Girl Support Group hardcover novel is now available for pre-order!
Hendrix is best known for writing many horror novels such as Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, We Sold Our Souls and Paperback from Hell: The Twister History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction and the most recent The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. The latter had earned him a Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction in 2018. He also wrote the screenplay for last year’s comedy horror film Satanic Panic which starred Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell.