Back in the 1970’s John Bellairs began a series of Gothic horror novels aimed at kids with recently orphaned Lewis Barnavelt as their protagonist. Currently there’s a total of 12 books (after Bellairs’ death in 1991, author Brad Strickland took over writing the series), which are ripe for adaptation into feature films. Enter Mythology Entertainment, which has hired “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke to write and produce.
Per Deadline longtime Phoenix Pictures co-president Bradley J. Fischer formed Mythology in partnership with screenwriter/producers Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt, who will script a few additional projects for the company. With backing from private investors, Mythology will develop and package projects internally before taking them to studios and financiers. The scope is film, TV, and digital.
As for the Barnavelt books, they were illustrated by artist Edward Gorey and began with The House with a Clock in its Walls, which introduced Lewis as he moves into his uncle’s spooky old Victorian mansion. Strange noises lead the lad to find secret passageways, hidden rooms, and the unsettling discovery his peculiar uncle is a warlock. The boy finds his spell book and unwittingly resurrects an evil wizard who sets in motion a chain of supernatural events tied to an ancient secret hidden within the mansion’s walls.
“Jamie, Laeta, and I are thrilled to launch Mythology Entertainment and to be partnering with Eric Kripke and the estate of John Bellairs for our first feature project,” Fischer said. “As a kid, Eric was inspired by Bellairs’ work, and these books have stayed with him through the years… As a company, we aspire to be a haven for artists and friends who believe in the power of myth and remember that feeling we all got as kids, when the lights went down and the images came up and anything was possible.”
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