Patrick Wilson has signed on to star in Netflix’s In the Tall Grass.
The adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s story was snapped up by Netflix earlier this year. It is the third Netflix film with King, following Gerald’s Game and 1922.
First published in Esquire Magazine, In the Tall Grass follows a sister and brother, who, after hearing a young boy’s cry for help, venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas. Soon, they discover there may be no way out… and that something evil lurks within.
The film is written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, Westworld) and produced by Steven Hoban (Splice, Black Christmas, Ginger Snaps), Jimmy Miller (The Lazarus Effect, Step Brothers), M. Riley (The Lazarus Effect, Bad Teacher).
Now, Wilson (The Conjuring franchise) has been confirmed as starring in the film, alongside Laysla De Oliveira (Needle In a Timestack, Code 8), Harrison Gilbertson (Upgrade, Picnic at Hanging Rock), Avery Whitted (Sidney Hall) and Rachel Wilson (Backstabbers for Beginners, Impulse), Will Buie Jr. (Bunk’d (TV)).
Filming on the project began last week in Toronto, with a release date planned for 2019.
Netflix snaps up Stephen King’s In the Tall Grass
Netflix is once again adapting Stephen King for the screen, with the streaming giant snapping up the rights to his novella In the Tall Grass.
Penned by the fantasy, horror and sci-fi writer with his son and fellow author, Joe Hill, the 2012 book begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes, they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they’ve lost one another.
The adaptation is being directed by Vincenzo Natali, who is no stranger to the streaming world: as well Cube and Splice, he has helmed episodes of everything from Netflix’s Lost in Space, Hemlock Grove and Luke Cage to Hannibal and Westworld.
James Marsden, also of Westworld, is in talks to star in the Kansas-set film, with Splice’s Steve Hoban producing, alongside Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller and M. Riley (the latter both working together on The Lazarus Effect).
The deal, reported by Deadline, marks the third King adaptation from the streaming service, following Gerald’s Game and 1922. Production will begin in Toronto this summer.