BAFTA nominated screenwriter Joe Barton (“Humans”) is adapting Adam Nevill’s award-winning horror novel The Ritual.
Andy Serkis, who starred in the Planet of the Apes prequels, as well as the new Star Wars, is producing with Jonathan Cavendish under his production banner, The Imaginarium.
Nevill’s story, which won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel in 2012, “Centers on four friends from college who head off into the Scandinavian wild in an effort to get away from it all and reconnect with each other. But what begins as a trip of bonding and friendship turns into a nightmare when they take a shortcut and end up lost. Some of them are injured and they seem stranded with nothing but forrest in every direction direction. While trying to find their way back to civilization, they come across what seems to be an abandoned cottage. Inside they discover ancient artifacts on the wall and bones scattered on the floor in a sacrificial manner. They soon discover that something is stalking them and is intent on keeping them from leaving the woods.”
Chloe Sizer will oversee for Imaginarium, while Laura Wilson will oversee for eOne, which will finance and distribute.
[H/T] The Tracking Board