According to THR20th Century Studios’ upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story Boogeyman is officially changing its release strategy.
The horror thriller was initially set to debut on Hulu, but is now slated to hit theaters on June 2, 2023. The outlet notes that this decision was made after Boogeyman had strong test screenings last December.
Boogeyman is directed by Rob Savage (Host) from a manuscript adapted by Black swan‘s Mark Heyman, based on the original drafts written by Akela Cooper with A quiet place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. The stars of the film Yellowjackets exclaims Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina (Sharp objects), David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland (The last man), Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird box), and Madison Hu (Traveler).
“The story follows a 16-year-old and her younger sister, still reeling from the death of their mother, who are attacked by a supernatural boogeyman after their father, a psychologist, has a meeting with a desperate patient at their house.” reads the log line.
The film adaptation is a production of 21 Laps. It will be produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levin and Dan Cohen. Beck and Woods, who have been attached to the project since 2018, serve as executive producers.
First published in the 1973 issue of Cavalier magazine, Boogeyman begins with a man recalling recent events in his life to his psychiatrist Dr. Harper after the death of his children, who were killed by a creature lurking in the closet. The short story was later published in 1978 as part of King’s Night watchman collection.