James Wan’s production company Atomic Monster announced that they have acquired the rights to produce an adaptation of Nick Cutter (horror nom de plume for Canadian writer Craig Davidson)’s horror novel The Troop. They will be partnering up with JS Entertainment, and Starlight Media to bring it to the big screen. E.L. Katz (Channel Zero, Cheap Thrills, and the recently-canceled Swamp Thing) is on board to direct and Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald (The Trench) are penning the screenplay.
If you’re looking for a gory horror read this summer and don’t mind spoiling yourself for the future film, I highly recommend that you check out The Troop. The story follows a boy scout group on a three-day camping trip in the remote Canadian wilderness. What should have been a character-building trip full of hiking and campfires turns into a gruesome fight for survival when a stranger intrudes upon the troop’s trip…and that stranger is a carrier of a terrifying and infectious bioengineered contagion.
Stephen King even reviewed it on his Goodreads, saying that “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” How’s that for a recommendation? There are no details yet as to casting, or even release dates or production schedules. Atomic Monster does currently have a number other projects on its slate, from The Conjuring 3 to a mysterious R-rated Wan-directed untitled horror project. We’re gonna keep our eyes peeled for updates on The Troop as they develop, so stay tuned.
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