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Stephen King and Joe Hill's In the Tall Grass heads to Netflix, James Marsden in talks to star

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May 8, 2018

Last year, Netflix debuted two Stephen King adaptations, Gerald’s Game and 1922, as original movies. Now, Netflix has lined up a deal for In The Tall Grass, a novella co-written by King and his son and fellow horror writer, Joe Hill.

Deadline is reporting that In The Tall Glass is slated to begin filming this summer in Toronto. Westworld’s James Marsden is in talks to star in the film, but the report doesn’t indicate which character he would play. Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali is set to helm the adaptation.

In The Tall Grass was originally serialized in Esquire magazine in 2012 before getting a standalone release as an e-book later that year. The story follows a brother and sister named Cal and Becky Demuth, whose cross-country roadtrip is interrupted when they hear Tobin, a young boy calling out for help from within a vast field. However, Cal and Becky soon learn that there may not be any way out of the field once they step inside.

Marsden may not be the right age to play Cal, unless the character is aged up for the adaptation. Or perhaps Marsden could portray Ross, an enigmatic figure with his own part in this drama. 

Following the success of It last fall, King’s stories have once again become a hot commodity in Hollywood. In addition to the upcoming Castle Rock series on Hulu, adaptations of King’s The Long Walk and Doctor Sleep have gone forward, as well as remakes of Pet Sematary and The Tommyknockers.