Beware, young blood… “The Watcher” has you in his sights!
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The real-life story of “The Watcher” caused a media sensation in 2014. A young family purchased a 20th-century colonial house in New Jersey. While they were in the process of moving in, they began receiving letters from an anonymous neighbor who called himself “The Watcher”. These letters were anything but welcoming.
An initial letter read, in part:
“657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades now and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I will find out.”The Watcher
Things went downhill from there.
“Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Better for me. Was your old house too small for the growing family? Or was it greed to bring me your children? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too me.”The Watcher
“657 Boulevard is anxious for you to move in. It has been years and years since the young blood ruled the hallways of the house. Have you found all of the secrets it holds yet? Will the young blood play in the basement? Or are they too afraid to go down there alone. I would [be] very afraid if I were them. It is far away from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs you would never hear them scream. Will they sleep in the attic? Or will you all sleep on the second floor? Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in. It will help me to know who is in which bedroom. Then I can plan better. All of the windows and doors in 657 Boulevard allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house. Who am I? I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now. The Woods family turned it over to you. It was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to. I pass by many times a day. 657 Boulevard is my job, my life, my obsession. And now you are too Braddus family. Welcome to the product of your greed! Greed is what brought the past three families to 657 Boulevard and now it has brought you to me.”The Watcher
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A fierce bidding war ensued for the film and TV rights for the story of “The Watcher” with Netflix winning out over the competition. Now, Deadline reports that Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are turning the tale of “The Watcher” into a limited series. Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale will star.
According to Deadline:
In December 2018, after a ferocious bidding battle that involved six studios, Netflix landed “The Watcher” rights package that included an article by Reeves Wiedeman published on New York magazine’s website, The Cut, and the rights of the beleaguered homeowners. The seven-figure rights deal originally was for a feature with Joost and Schulman attached to direct and Screen Arcade’s Newman and Unkeless set to produce through his first-look Netflix deal.
We’ll keep you posted as the series develops! Stay tuned and check back often.
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