Osgood Perkins Adapting Horror Novel ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts”

February 3, 2020

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Osgood Perkins has become a heavy hitter in the horror genre, delivering films like The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, and Gretel & Hansel, which just arrived in theaters. So, you may be wondering what’s next for Perkins. According to Bloody Disgusting, he’s next doing a loose adaptation of Paul G. Tremblay‘s A Head Full of Ghosts which won the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Stephen King said the novel, “Sacred the living hell out of me and I’m pretty hard to scare.”

The plot of the novel involves an American family under strain when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Marjorie Barrett, exhibits signs of mental illness. The story is told from the point of view of Marjorie’s eight-year-old sister, Merry. The novel includes elements of Catholic exorcism and reality television exploitation.

It’s certainly a script that I’m happy about. Whether or not that becomes a movie, you know how it goes. What I liked about it is that what I saw in it, which was a change I made both from the novel and from the drafts that existed before I came aboard, was the quality of, I wanted to make sure it was really a movie about the young woman who had suffered a trauma that she was never going to be okay about.” Perkins states.

She was never going to recover from [the trauma], she was never going to be alright. And I felt like to create a portraiture of someone who had experienced an unimaginable loss, and it connects to my own personal life experience… it was almost like an opportunity to take care of a character who I could understand had been really permanently heartbroken.” He continues. “I would say that the script at this point is sort of looser than not. The good news is that the writer is really pleased with what I’ve done and has been kind and generous enough to say so. He calls it a sister. He calls the script and the novel sisters, which I think is great.”

We’ll keep you posted.

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