Steensland and Hautala to Show Animosity

Mark SteenslandBadass producer-director Mark Steensland and screenwriter Rick Hautala have acquired the screen rights to James Newman’s forthcoming novel Animosity via their newly formed Chang Shao Trading Company shingle, and we’ve got the first heads-up on what to expect.

This will mark the duo’s first feature collaboration, having previously made a string of successful short films (including Lovecraft’s Pillow, based on a Stephen King idea, Dead@17, based on Josh Howard’s graphic novel series now in development with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Peekers, which collected five awards in more than 25 festival appearances and The Ugly File, based on the Ed Gorman story). Steensland and Hautala also have a Web series in development with Electric Farm Entertainment, producers of Rosario Dawson starrer Gemini Division. These cats are busy, man! Check out Mark Steensland’s website to dig on some of the aforementioned goods!

Scheduled for publication in mid-2009 from Necessary Evil Press, Animosity tells the story of a horror author whose neighbors grow suspicious of him after he discovers the body of a young girl who has been murdered.

“[Animosity] is a classic ‘pressure-cooker’ kind of story,” said Steensland, “like Straw Dogs or The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street. What makes it both relevant and timeless is that these are real people in a very plausible situation.”

Newman is the author of two other novels, Midnight Rain and The Wicked. Hautala is the author of more than 30 best-sellers, including Night Stone and Little Brothers. Steensland has previously directed features The Last Way Out and documentary The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick.

Look for more on Animosity as we get it!

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