Last year, DNA Films produced Ex Machina, a landmark piece of science fiction that stood out from the whiz-bang pack of 2015 actioners by focusing on the complex moral implications of what actually could be. And now they've announced that they'll be adapting the critically lauded (and suitably creepy) novel The Loney.
Penned by Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney, set in 1976, features a family setting out across the English coastline on an annual pilgrimage to a nearby shrine. The story, which focuses on brothers Tonto and Hanny, sees their parents trying to cure Hanny of his muteness, but, and I don't want to shock you, things don't exactly go according to plan. The home they're staying in is beset by a murderous tide twice daily. Oh, and there's a mystery concerning the death of a priest the year previous. And if that weren't enough to give your skin that unnatural crawl, our protagonists live across from a strange couple who seem to have a very underage, pregnant daughter in a wheelchair.
It's not hard to tell why The Loney already has an enthralled fanbase. It's got the kind of backwoods creepiness that feels all too real. Even king of horror Stephen King himself is under the novel's spell, saying, "The Loney is not just good, it’s great. It’s an amazing piece of fiction."
This won't be DNA's first foray into horror, either. Most notably they were involved with Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and its sequel, 28 Weeks Later, both which set a haunting new standard for zombie stories.
Hopefully The Loney will follow in the footsteps of not only Ex Machina but recent horror gems like The Babadook, It Follows and the upcoming The Witch.