Paul Feig and Sam Raimi are teaming up to produce the possession horror comedy Suburban Hell, based on a novel by Maureen Kilmer
It’s still not clear when or if Universal Pictures will let director Paul Feig (Ghostbusters: Answer the Call) move forward with his Universal Monsters project Dark army – but instead of just waiting it out, Feig is teaming up with a genre legend Sam Raimi for a horror comedy called Suburban hell! Feig will produce the film through his company Feigco Entertainment, while Raimi will produce through his company Ghost House.
Based on a novel by Maureen Kilmer, Suburban hell will tell the story of a close-knit group of suburban mothers whose friendship is put to the ultimate test when one of them becomes possessed by an evil spirit.
The description of Kilmer’s novel (get a copy HERE) provides some more information: Amy Foster considers herself lucky. After she left the city and moved to the suburbs, she quickly found her place with neighbors Liz, Jess and Melissa, who snarled together from the fringes of the PTA crowd. One night during their monthly wine get-together, the crew hatches a plan for a She Shed clubhouse in Liz’s backyard—a space just for them, no spouses or children allowed. But the night after they christened the She Shed, things start to feel off. . . of. Little did they expect Liz’s little home improvement project to unleash a demonic force that transforms their quiet enclave into something out of a nightmare. And that is before the homeowner’s association finds out about it. Even the calmest of mothers can’t justify the strange burn marks, self-moving dolls and horrible smells surrounding their obsessed friend, Liz. Together, Amy, Jess and Melissa must fight the evil spirit to save Liz and the neighborhood. . . before the suburbs go to hell.
Deadline reports Joanna Calo, co-showrunner of the FX series The bear, writes the script. It’s not clear if Feig intends to direct the film, but he will produce it alongside Raimi, Feig’s Laura Fischer and Ghost House’s Rob Tapert. Romel Adam and Jose Cañas will oversee the project for Ghost House. Legendary Entertainment is also in the mix.
Given that Feig is in, we can probably expect Suburban hell to lean further into the realm of comedy than into the realm of comedy. While discussing Dark armyFeig has made it clear that he’s not a fan of horror, and spells it out Dark army would be a “monster movie” rather than a “horror movie”.
How do Suburban hell sound for you? Have you read the Maureen Kilmer novel and are you excited to see the story brought to the screen? Let us know by leaving a comment below. I hadn’t heard of the novel before the movie announcement, but I’m definitely going to check it out now. And I will look forward to the movie, because I watch anything with Raimi’s name on it.