The horror genre is just as storied as any other, dating back to the 1920s with films like Nosferatu and Phantom of the Opera. In more recent decades, men such as Stephen King and Wes Craven have served as the architects of the genre for their work on films such as It and the Scream franchise, respectively. As more time passes and technologies change however, horror and other genres also adapt and develop new identities as new works are continuously released. Now a new name in horror that has been making noise has a new project up his sleeve: Mike Flanagan is set to adapt the comic book Something is Killing the Children into a new television series.
Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera, Something is Killing the Children saw its initial release in September 2019 and quickly took off. The comic follows the story of a monster-hunter who arrives in a town where all of the children have begun to suddenly disappear, giving this hunter his next mission. The graphic novel was even nominated for the Eisner Award for Best New Series last year, and now Mike Flanagan is set to adapt the comic into a new television series. Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Macy are set to co-write and executive produce the new series, and they seemingly could not have selected a better duo. Flanagan is one of the budding names in horror, known for his work on the 2011 indie film Absentia,and he should certainly bring his touch to the upcoming project.
Flanagan’s resume in horror should not be overlooked or downplayed. Along with Absentia, the filmmaker has also directed 2013’s Oculus and 2016’s Hush, both successful films by virtually anybody’s standards. He has even been trusted with the work of the aforementioned Stephen King, directing Gerald’s Game for Netflix in 2017, an adaptation of King’s novel by the same name, as well as a follow-up to King’s classic 1980 film The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Horror fans are in for a treat and can remain on the lookout for further updates about Something is Killing the Children in the coming future.