Just over a year ago, we lost culinary Anthony Bourdain. He taught us how to eat, how to enjoy our surroundings, and how food can make the world a better place. His loss was felt around the world in the hearts of foodies everywhere. But, his legacy continues, even in the horror world, as Sony Pictures Animation has revealed they are adapting his culinary horror graphic novel, Hungry Ghosts, into an animated series.

Bourdain paired up with Joel Rose to write Hungry Ghosts, which was released in 2018. They had worked together previously on another graphic novel called Get Jiro! Hungry Ghosts is a horror anthology that is inspired by Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, or A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales. It is a parlor game from the Japanese Edo period where people would gather to tell stories and blow out 100 candles. In the case of Hungry Ghosts, its stories revolve around yokai, yorei, obake, and, obviously, food. The players of this game are international chefs who must see if they can survive the game.


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Sony Pictures Animation, fresh off an Academy Award and critical acclaim for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, will hopefully continue utilizing its beautiful animation style to cater to such strange and gorgeous stories. According to the studio, each episode will be a standalone story with its own unique animation style.

The news was announced at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in Annecy, France.

No news yet on when the Hungry Ghosts show will be released or on what platform, but we’ll make sure to provide information as we get it! Have you read the graphic novel? Are you excited at the idea of it becoming an animated show? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!


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