Netflix and David Yarovesky’s (Brightburn) adaptation of J.A. White children’s horror-fantasy book Night Books has snagged Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad).
Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis will pen the script which follows a boy obsessed with scary stories, who is imprisoned by an evil young witch (Ritter) in her contemporary New York City apartment. He meets a girl who is also trapped there and learns he must tell a new scary story every night in order to stay alive.
Sounds like Tales from the Darkside to me…
Winslow Fegley (Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made) and Lidya Jewett (Good Girls) will co-star in the family flick which Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) will produce with Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen.
Here’s the book’s rundown via Amazon:
A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he’s desperate for a different ending—and a way out of this twisted place. This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer’s block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales. BUY IT HERE.