Tango Pictures, a new production venture created by producers Christina Lurie, Steven Shainberg, and Andrew Lazar, has acquired film rights to the Ben H. Winters’ bestselling horror novel Bedbugs and has set Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, The Roost) to pen the screenplay, says Deadline.
The book features a premise that is all too relatable to anyone who travels to a major city like Manhattan or Toronto and turns over the mattress to see if anything is crawling as bedbug infestations become more common each year. “ ‘Bedbugs’ is a tale of urban paranoia set in Brooklyn that follows the Wendt family as they move in to a new home and suddenly start to encounter strange occurrences. Susan Wendt begins suffering what she suspects are bedbug bites, but she’s the only one getting bitten and suddenly fears she may be going crazy. That’s until she’s confronted with a more menacing explanation for the strange things happening to her and the family.”
“Reading ‘Bedbugs’ as a manuscript felt like the literary equivalent of a Ti West horror movie—a slow-burning supernatural story with fully realized characters, light on gore but heavy on menace and dread,” said Quirk associate publisher and creative director Jason Rekulak.