What’s this? Another book-to-screen adaptation? It most certainly is, and in this case it’s Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures who have acquired the rights to The Cypress House, a Michael Koryta novel that Columbus will write the script for and produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe.
Deadline broke the news on this acquisition, and while the jury’s out as to whether it’s more “supernatural thriller” or pure horror, we’ve provided the book’s synopsis so you can weigh in with your thoughts.
Battle-hardened WWI veteran Arlen Wagner can foretell others’ deaths. With the Great Depression crippling the country, he works in the Civilian Conservation Corps and keeps his demons at bay with hard work and a flask full of whiskey. He and young friend Paul Brickhill are traveling by train to a new CCC camp in the Florida Keys when Arlen’s supernatural sense tells him they have to get off the train if they want to stay alive. They find themselves at Cypress House, a strangely empty fishing resort on the Gulf Coast run by beautiful but taciturn Rebecca Cady—and right in the middle of a vipers’ nest of small-town corruption and misery. Koryta is superb with mood and setting, and the simmering tension erupts into a rolling boil by the bloody, spooky, and satisfying ending.
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