Update on The Film Adaptation of Stephen King's THE BOOGYMAN

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A couple of years ago it was announced that the writers of A Quiet Place were going to be developing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Boogyman.

The Boogeyman was originally published in 1973 in the magazine Cavalier and was later included in King’s 1978 collection Night Shift. The story follows a man who recently lost all his children to a creature lurking in the closet. 

During a recent interview with CB, writer Bryan Woods said:

“We’ve got a script that we’re super excited about. I think development is kind of growing and changing and evolving, but it’s been … I don’t know. It was a really fun project.”

 His co-writer Scott Beck added:

“You always have to get your script, basically, blessed by Stephen King once you basically have a draft, and he gave the thumbs up on that. We’re not sure … with the Disney and Fox merger, that’s the only big hiccup and we’re off in pre-production land on our next movie. But, outside of that, yeah. We’re hoping, fingers crossed, that that movie can see the light of day sooner than later.”

Well, this is a great story, and I hope these guys get to bring it to the big screen! It’s good to know that they’ve been having fun with it. Here’s a more detailed plot summary of the story:

The majority of the story occurs in the office of Dr. Harper, a psychiatrist, where a man named Lester Billings talks to the doctor about the “murders” of his three young children. Billings seems paranoid and possibly schizophrenic as he describes the circumstances of the death of his children. His first two children died mysteriously of apparently unrelated causes (diagnosed as crib death and convulsions, respectively) when left alone in their bedrooms. The only commonalities were that the children cried “Boogeyman!” before being left alone, and the closet door was open slightly after finding their corpses, even though Billings was certain the door was shut.

We are told that Billings’ wife Rita became pregnant approximately a year after their second child’s death, at which time the family was living in a different house far away from the location of the original deaths. Their first year in the new house was without incident, though Billing was still uneasy, and let his son sleep in the master bedroom with him and his wife. In the second year, it became apparent that whatever had killed the first two children had managed to track down Billings and his family, lingering in the closets and slithering around the house at night. Not long after, Rita left to care for her mother who had become ill, and Billings and his son were left alone in the house.

Feeling the malevolent presence growing bolder in his wife’s absence, Billings panics, and moves his son to a separate bedroom in the hope that the thing haunting him will go for the weaker prey. That night, the child cries “Boogeyman” while being put to bed, and an hour later, he begins to scream. Billings’ love for his son briefly overcomes his terror, and he runs into his son’s room to find an inhuman creature attacking the boy. Billings, broken by fear, flees to a local 24-hour diner. He returns home at dawn to find the boy on the floor with a broken neck and the closet door slightly open. Billings lies to the police, convincing them that the death must have been accidental from the boy trying to climb out of his crib.

As Billings finishes his story and starts to leave, Harper recommends he make an appointment with the nurse for further discussion. When he gets to the lobby, the nurse is gone, and Billings returns to the psychiatrist’s office finding it empty as well, with the closet door just slightly open. Billings hears a voice from the closet as the door swings open, and he finds himself face to face with the Boogeyman, as it casts off the disguise it had been wearing when it posed as Doctor Harper.

This story has been adapted before in the form of short films, but this is the first time that it will get a feature film adaptation. The Boogeyman is also being developed by 21 Laps’ producers Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen who all work on Stranger Things.



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