According to Deadline, HBO Max is currently in the process of developing a series adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s newest horror novel The Final Girl Support Group, with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron and IT films director Andy Muschietti attached to executive produce the project. Muschietti is also set to helm the pilot, while it’s unclear if Theron is also considering to star in the project or not.
The Final Girl Support Group centers around a Los Angeles-based support group for six female survivors of different mass-murderer rampages, whose experiences inspired the slasher franchises that saturated horror cinema in the 1980s and ’90s, earning them minor celebrity.
“Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together,” reads the book’s official synopsis. “Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.”
The novel is described as a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller which tells a fresh new take on the genre. It also pays homage to iconic slasher films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare at Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
HBO Max’s The Final Girl Support Group is executive produced by Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono, and Andrew Haas through their Denver & Delilah Films along with Double Dream’s Irene Yeung, Barbara Muschietti, and Andy Muschietti. Author Grady Hendrix and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm.
Even before its debut, the series adaptation was originally first set up at Annapurna Pictures last year, with Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain previously attached to pen the project. It’s unknown why the project has now been seemingly canceled.