Universal to bring Joe Hill’s horror novella Snapshot 1988 to the big screen

With Stranger Things being all the rage this summer, it won't come as a complete shock that movie studios are trying to cash in on the 1980s movies nostalgia craze the Netflix series has sparked. And one studio may have found the perfect vehicle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has nabbed the rights to Joe Hill’s new horror novella, Snapshot 1988, and the studio is currently trying to rope in Ouija 2: Origin of Evil director Mike Flanagan and his co-writer Jeff Howard (they co-wrote Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake together) to pen the movie.

I’m guessing Universal may also look to Flanagan to helm the adaptation, but no word on that just yet. Script first. However, the studio has already set Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road and Jason Blum's Blumhouse (who were behind The Purge: Election Year) to produce, with Greg Lessans executive-producing.

Snapshot 1988 is set in ... well, 1988, and centers on a 13-year-old boy who has to take care of his elderly former housekeeper, who is seemingly succumbing to dementia. However, her memories are actually being stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a special camera that steals people’s memories.

The story — which will be published in a four-novella collection from William Morrow — won’t hit bookstores until the spring of 2018, but it’s already garnering a lot of comparisons to Netflix’s critically acclaimed Stranger Things, which was the Duffer Brothers' love letter to all those awesome 1980s genre movies like E.T., The Thing and Stand by Me, among other things.

The son of Stephen King (so it’s pretty much in his genes), Joe Hill already has a couple of novels in various stages of adaptation. Horns was made into a movie that starred Daniel Radcliffe and was released in 2014. Fox has The Fireman in the works with Louis Leterrier, and AMC is developing NOS4A2 as a supernatural TV series.

(via THR)

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