The Stephen King train can never stop, it can only slow down before rocketing down the next hill. And, speaking of hills, the newest adaptation of the King bibliography was co-written by his son, Joe Hill. That’s right, the novella In the Tall Grass is coming to Netflix and has some casting announcements to accompany its brief blip in King’s prolific output.
According to Deadline, the film (helmed by Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali) has cast Patrick Wilson (hot off Aquaman), Laysla De Oliveira, and Harrison Gilbertson as its stars. Previously-attached James Marsden was removed from the running due to scheduling conflicts — reportedly to be in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
Following in Gerald’s Game and 1922’s footsteps, In the Tall Grass will bring King to Netflix in all of his low-key spookiness. This story involves siblings venturing into a Kansas field — only to find a secret evil and a botanical labyrinth. Since the story itself features young adults as its protagonists, Wilson is likely playing Ross, a very creepy stranger, while De Oliveira plays Becky and Gilbertson plays Cal.
Originally published in Esquire, the tale combines aspects of Children of the Corn with Rosemary’s Baby, creating a paranoid atmosphere perfect for streaming late at night.
The movie slinks onto Netflix, lost in the corn maze of original content, sometime in 2019.