STX Will Distribute Scott Cooper’s A HEADFUL OF GHOSTS With Margaret Qualley
Antlers director Scott Cooper is set to helm an adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s psychological horror novel A Head Full of Ghosts with Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
And today, Deadline reports that STXfilms is closing a high seven-figure multi-territory pre-buy for the film. STX will distribute in the U.S. and UK and teamed with its output partners in Latin America (Sun), Canada (Elevation) and Benelux (The Searchers) to acquire those markets as well.
Cooper is revising the script’s current draft. Additional casting is underway.
Cooper produces the movie along with Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, Susan Downey, Tyler Thompson, and David Gambino. Robert Downey Jr is the flick’s executive producer.
For those that might not know, A Head Full of Ghost was the winner of the 2015 Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a Novel. It’s a chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Shining, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.
More specifically, it centers on the lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, who are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show, and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long-ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.