Hands down one of the best horror novels of all time is Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Netflix has a new series based on the book heading our way soon via director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game) and now it seems there will be a Jackson biography film coming soon as well.
Yes, Deadline reports that Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) and Michael Stuhlbarg (The Shape of Water) will lead the feature film Shirley about the famed horror author. The film is based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s book of the same name and will be adapted by adapted by Sarah Gubbins. Josephine Decker will direct.
“No two people write more wildly rich female characters than Shirley Jackson and Sarah Gubbins. It’s an honor to bring their female sorcery to life with these incredible partners,” said Decker. “I can’t wait to witness Elisabeth Moss’ visceral inhabitation of Shirley’s beautiful tortured spirit and Michael Stuhlbarg’s unflinchingly charismatic-while-cruel Stanley.”
Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s Los Angeles Media Fund has come aboard to finance and produce.
“We are thrilled to join this team, which is uniquely suited for this project,” added Soros and Horsman. “There’s no one better than Elisabeth Moss to take on the towering role of Shirley Jackson. As a director, Josephine Decker has already shown herself to be a master explorer of the blurred terrain where reality intersects with fantasy and creativity. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, of course, have a formidable track record of producing films of high caliber.”
Moss, Sue Naegle, Gubbins, Soros and Horsman are producing along with Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa. The film is scheduled to go before the cameras this summer.
Merrell’s 2014 novel tells the story of a young couple that moves in with Jackson and her Bennington College professor-husband, Stanley Hyman (Stuhlbarg), in the hopes of starting a new life. Instead, they find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Jackson’s next major novel.