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Joe Hill’s ‘Twittering from the Circus of the Dead’ Gets Adapted

Joe Hill (“Horns,” “Locke & Key”) continues to be a hot Hollywood commodity as the son of Stephen King has sold yet another story to be adapted into a feature film.

Mandalay has picked up the film rights to Hill’s short story Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, says Heat Vision. The company is moving fast putting the creative pieces together, tapping Chris Borrelli (The Vatican Tapes, Whisper) to write the adaptation and is in negotiations with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) to direct.

The short story, written entirely as tweets from a teenage girl, follows an American family on a cross country road trip that goes horribly wrong.” The tale appeared in “The New Dead,” an anthology of zombie stories, published earlier this year.

Hill’s first novel, “Heart Shaped Box,” was a New York Times best-seller and is set up at Warner Bros. His comic book book series “Locke & Key” was a hot commodity this past pilot season and was adapted by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Josh Friedman, and directed by Mark Romanek. This is Mandalay’s second team-up with Hill; the company picked up his novel “Horns” last year.


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