This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...
...Via Deadline, director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night), has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Halloween-set horror novel, Dark Harvest, for MGM! Based on the 2007 novel by author Norman Partridge, the script is being written by Michael Gilio and will be the first project under MGM's new Film Group Chairman, Michael De Luca, who was involved with the Nightmare on Elm Street series as a producer for New Line, as well as Seven!
In Dark Harvest:
"Set on Halloween in 1963 and centers around the October Boy aka Ol’ Hacksaw Face aka Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. He rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He’s willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror–and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy."
Producing are Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl through Matt Tolmach Productions. Gilio will executive produce.
Dark Harvest won the Bram Stoker award and was named one of the "100 Best Horror Novels of 2006" by Publisher's Weekly, so if you haven't read it, now would be a good time.
By Matt Konopka