Stephen King and Joe Hill's novella, "In the Tall Grass" is set to become a film at Netflix. It will star Westworld's James Marsden.


John Saavedra

May 17, 2018

Stephen King and Joe Hill’s “In the Tall Grass,” a novella originally published in Esquire and then released as an e-book, is getting the movie treatment from Splice director Vincenzo Natali. It is set to star James Marsden (Westworld) and will debut on Netflix.

The film will begin production this summer in Toronto. No release date has been set.

“In the Tall Grass” is classic Stephen King horror fiction. The story begins with a brother and sister driving down the Kansas countryside when they suddenly hear a boy screaming for help in a field. Then, as you’d expect from this father-son duo, all hell breaks loose…

In the Tall Grass will be Netflix’s third Stephen King project. Last fall, the streaming service released adaptations of Gerald’s Game and 1922. Both were warmly received by critics.

Here’s what Natali had to say about “In the Tall Grass” in an interview with Screen Daily:

Who would think that grass could be frightening. Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill to find a way. They have transformed an otherwise innocuous Kansas field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read.

The film is being produced by Splice‘s Steve Hoban, Jimmy Miller at Mosaic, and M. Riley. Miller and Riley previously produced The Lazarus Effect.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more!