Flanagan Sets “Killing the Children” Series

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Netflix is re-teaming with “Doctor Sleep” director Mike Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Macy for a series adaptation of the Boom! Studios horror comic “Something is Killing the Children”.

The story deals with a town plagued by monsters that feast on children, with one teen survivor telling tales that no adult believes.

Into this scenario enters a mysterious young woman named Erica Slaughter who occasionally converses with her stuffed animal. She isn’t there to mince words but rather to mince monsters.

The work by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera blends gripping horror and a sombre tone with grief, alienation, family dynamics and LGBTQ themes in the mix. Initially a limited series, it has been such a critical and sales success that it has transformed it into an ongoing series.

The Netflix adaptation is in early development with Flanagan and Macy to co-write and executive produce. Stephen Christy, Ross Richie, and Mark Ambrose will also executive produce. It is unclear at this stage if Flanagan would direct episodes.

The streamer and the filmmaker have had multiple successful collaborations together starting with the movies “Hush” and “Gerald’s Game” along with the series “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor”. Flanagan has both the thriller “Midnight Mass” and an adaptation of Chris Pike’s “The Midnight Club” books on the way.

Source: THR

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