Another Stephen King adaptation is on the way, with his classic short story ‘The Boogeyman’ becoming the latest book to see a big screen release. Details surrounding the project have been limited, but now we have our first look at the film with the release of its official trailer – which you can check out, below.
The trailer was initially released during the NFC Championship game, but also made its way online shortly after. In it, we get a creepy look at the characters whose lives become untangled once the ominous presence of “the thing that comes for your children when you’re not paying attention” begins to loom over them.
The film’s synopsis reads:
High school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and aren’t getting much support from their father, Will, a therapist who is dealing with his own pain. When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.
Host and Dashcam director Rob Savage is tasked with helming the 20th Century Studio adaptation that will release exclusively in theatres. Following in a similar vein to Evil Dead Rise, the film was originally slated for a straight-to-streaming release on Hulu, but after receiving a strong response from early test screenings, and approval from King himself, the decision was made to release it theatrically.
The Boogeyman will star Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets) and Chris Messina (Birds of Prey) alongside David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad), Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man, The Umbrella Academy), Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box, Mr. Corman) and Madison Hu (Voyagers).
The script was written by Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place), and Mark Heyman (Black Swan).
King’s 1973 short story was first published in the 1973 issue of Cavalier magazine and follows the story of a man who recalls the events of his life to his psychiatrist Dr. Harper after the death of his children, who were killed by a creature lurking in the closet. It was later released in 1978 as part of King’s Night Shift collection.
The Boogeyman releases in theatres on June 2nd, 2023.