This morning we announced the arrival of The Life of Chuck , an adaptation of Stephen King directed by Mike Flanagan , and now we discover that another project based on a story.
King will be presented at the Cannes market : The Monkey ). Theo James will star and James Wan will produce under his Atomic Monster banner. Osgood Perkins ( Gretel and Hansel ) wrote the screenplay and will direct.
The Monkey will center on twin brothers, Hal and Bill, who discover an old toy monkey that belonged to their father in their attic. Upon discovery, a series of horrific deaths begin to happen around them. The twins decide to throw the monkey away and move on with their lives. After many years, the brothers are almost never seen again, but people start dying again; they must then band together to find a way to destroy the monkey forever, before it begins to claim the lives of their loved ones.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones ( Insidious ), Fred Berger ( La La Land ), Chris Ferguson ( Child’s Play ), Peter Luo, Nancy Xu and John Friedberg ( Greenland ) will serve as executive producers. Producers include Michael Clear ( M3GAN ) for Atomic Monster, and Jason Cloth ( Joker ) and Dave Caplan ( Babylon ) for C2 Motion Picture Group.
James Wan said:
Stephen King is the godfather of the horror genre. He’s been a huge influence on me as a kid and throughout my career, and I’ve always dreamed of helping bring one of his stories to life. The Monkey is one of my favourites, with its simple, iconic and highly commercial idea. And I can’t imagine anyone better than a lifelong and visionary genre fan like Osgood to bring this project to life.