Universal Pictures is teaming with Blumhouse Prods. on Mercy, a fantasy-horror movie based on Stephen King’s short story “Gramma,” published as part of his 1985 collection “Skeleton Crew.”
Variety reports that Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) will direct from a script by Matt Greenberg (Halloween H20, 1408), and Frances O’Connor (pictured; A.I.) is set to star.
“Story follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.”
Jason Blum will produce the movie with McG and Mary Viola of Wonderland Sound and Vision.
King’s story was previously adapted as an episode of “The New Twilight Zone” in 1986, with Harlan Ellison writing the script and “Carrie” star Piper Laurie providing some of the voiceover for the character of Gramma/Mercy.