Netflix has nabbed the rights to Joe Hill’s new short story, Faun.
Hill, whose bestselling books include Heart Shaped Box, The Fireman and Horns, is no stranger to Netflix. The writer has multiple projects already in the works at the streaming giant, including Locke & Key and In the Tall Grass.
Faun, his latest short story, is set to be published this autumn, but with AMC recently ordering his novel NOS4A2 to series, his work is something of a hot commodity, which sparked a bidding war for the rights. The pitch certainly hits the sweet spot of adult fantasy that a post-Game of Thrones world will be looking to target. As per , it goes like this:
“Narnia. Hogwarts. Neverland. All magical places that mortals can travel to and marvel at the strange creatures and wonders not seen in our world. What if a door to a magical land was discovered and instead of pure hearted adventures, a man saw an opportunity to charge a fortune for an exclusive private game reserve where you can ‘bag’ a magical creature. Multi-millionaire Tip Fallows is a recreational hunter looking for more interesting challenges. Another wealthy hunter, Stockton, has a secret to share and a journey to offer. All they need to do is pay a quarter of a million dollars to go through a little door in an old house in rural Maine. We see a supernatural adventure film that bring a fresh magical take on The Most Dangerous Game.”
Deadline reports that Sony, Paramount and Netflix were all competing last week, but Netflix emerged on top. Jeremy Slater, who recently adapted The Umbrella Academy for Netflix, is writing the script, while Michael Sugar will produce under his Sugar23 banner, as part of his first look deal with Netflix, alongside Ashley Zalta.