Pamela McClintock of Variety:
Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan will adapt and direct thriller "Heart-Shaped Box" for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Akiva Goldsman is producing.
Film is based on the book of the same name by writer Joe Hill , the son of horror fiction maven Stephen King.
Hill's spooky storyline revolves around an aging rock star with a penchant for the macabre. He can't refuse an offer to buy a suit on eBay that's said to contain a ghost. After the suit arrives, he begins to realize that while he wants the ghost gone, the ghost wants him dead.
Hill's tome, published by William Morrow/HarperCollins, hit the book stands in February and is his first novel. He is a prize-winning short story writer who previously published the anthology "20th Century Ghosts."
Warners exec VP Kevin McCormick scooped up the film rights to "Heart-Shaped Box" a year ago, based on a short log line and an early peek at the prose.
Jordan's ("The Crying Game," "Michael Collins") next directorial effort, Jodie Foster starrer "The Brave One," will be released by Warners Sept. 14.
I have yet to read Heart Shaped Box...But the premise of Hill's has potential to be a very creepy flick. I enjoyed Jordan's adaptation of Interview with the Vampire in 1994. I look for very good things to come out of this project.
Wow! Can you imagine being King's son--living in his long shadow? And being a writer?--Jeebus! Talk about pressure...