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Development roundup: It Follows director lands next horror project; BOOM! Studios comic picked up by Hulu

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Aug 14, 2018

Horror and the ancient Grecian city of Athens collide in the latest wave of genre-related development news from Hollywood.

First up, It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell has found yet another pronoun-centric horror film, titled They Hear It. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker will be penning the screenplay, while Julian Terry will be handling directorial duties. After all, the project is based on Terry's own short of the same name from this year. 

The plot revolves around "The Sound," which causes terrible things to happen to the people who hear it. Based on early reports from sources close to the project, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Stephen King's It are both influences on the story, per THR. Legendary bought the rights to Terry's shortly after its premiere in early June.

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Credit: Legendary/Julian Terry


 

And speaking of neo-noirs, Hulu just picked up the BOOM! Studios comic known as Old City Blues for series, the publisher announced today.

Written and drawn by Greek comic book creator Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, G.I. Joe), the graphic novel was published under BOOM!'s Archaia imprint and takes place in a near-futuristic version of Athens, which was devastated by a terrible flood that wreaked havoc on all of Greece. Rebuilt and pretty much owned by the Hayashi Corporation, a dark mystery begins to unravel for the New Athens Police Department's "Special Police" when Mr. Hayashi himself is found dead. Their search will take them "them straight into the wasteland of the Old City."

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Credit: BOOM! Studios

Some serious star power is attached to the upcoming Hulu series. Kerry Washington (Scandal) is attached to produce and star, while Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango) will produce and direct. Arash Amel (a producer on Netflix's The Titan and creator of the Archaia graphic novel Butterfly) wrote the pilot and will also executive-produce.


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