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The Boogeyman | 20th Century | June 2, 2023 | Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets) stars. Stephen King adaptation

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https://deadline.com/2022/01/yellowjackets-sophie-thatcher-chris-messina-boogeyman-20th-century-1234923079/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Sophie Thatcher, who is coming off her breakout role in the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets, and Chris Messina are set to star in the 20th Century Studios adaptation of the Stephen King short story The Boogeyman with 21 Laps producing. The film will debut on Hulu with Rob Savage set to direct. 21 Laps’ Shawn LevyDan Levine & Dan Cohen are producing. Production is expected to start later next month.
 

The original short was truly scary, and dealt with a man’s visit to a psychiatrist where he recounted how his children were each killed by a sadistic presence, the title character. The story follows a teenager girl who is still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, find herself along with her brother plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.

 

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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-kings-boogeyman-movie-release-date-2023-1235304742/

 

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The Boogeyman, the adaptation of a Stephen King short story by Disney arm 20th Century Studios, is getting a theatrical release after initially being made for the company’s streaming service, Hulu.

 

The move occurs after the movie, directed by Rob Savage and produced by 21 Laps, the banner behind Stranger Things, had a surprisingly muscular test screening in December that made studio executives and producers reconsider their release strategy. (They also showed the movie to King, along with the new plans, who gave it a thumbs up.)

 

The horror thriller will now open in theatres on June 2, 2023.

 

The move also has echoes of what occurred with Smile, the horror movie directed by Parker Finn. That movie was originally intended for Paramount+ but a strong test screening altered the course of its destiny. The movie, made for only $17 million, received a theatrical release from Paramount last fall and became one of the standard bearers for the latest rise of horror when it grossed over $216 million worldwide.

 

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The Boogeyman, the adaptation of a Stephen King short story by Disney arm 20th Century Studios, is getting a theatrical release after initially being made for the company’s streaming service, Hulu.

The move occurs after the movie, directed by Rob Savage and produced by 21 Laps, the banner behind Stranger Things, had a surprisingly muscular test screening in December that made studio executives and producers reconsider their release strategy. (They also showed the movie to King, along with the new plans, who gave it a thumbs up.)

The horror thriller will now open in theatres on June 2, 2023.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-kings-boogeyman-movie-release-date-2023-1235304742/

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Shit, I didn't know there was a thread already. Still... :ohmygod:

A post-merger Fox movie destined to be Hulu fodder actually getting an upgrade to a theatrical release?! What year is it?! This is legitimately unreal to see. Disney's been treating Fox like a black sheep ever since the merger, so this is some serious respect. Maybe the success of Avatar 2 softened them a bit? Who knows?

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4 minutes ago, BadOlCatSylvester said:

Shit, I didn't know there was a thread already. Still... :ohmygod:

A post-merger Fox movie destined to be Hulu fodder actually getting an upgrade to a theatrical release?! What year is it?! This is legitimately unreal to see. Disney's been treating Fox like a black sheep ever since the merger, so this is some serious respect. Maybe the success of Avatar 2 softened them a bit? Who knows?

No offense, but I feel like you kind of exaggerate Disney treating Fox as a "black sheep". There's definitely some they didn't give much attention to, but Jojo Rabbit was pushed as a major awards player with tons of festival play and Ford v Ferrari was also given hefty advertising as an event picture for adults. Free Guy was given plenty of heavy promotion and they even advertised the first trailer as "from the people who brought you Aladdin and Lion King twice". West Side Story, while a bomb, was given big promos at the Academy Awards and GMA, a 20/20 TV special, and a making of book. Prey was designed as Hulu's biggest movie event ever, The Menu got tons of adverts, The Last Duel got major festival play to hype up the movie. Even Barbarian, while limited in its promo, was devised that way because they knew the film had potential and wanted to advertise it as a "discovery".

 

And for the ones you could argue they ignored, was stuff like Nile or Amsterdam or Empire of Light really going to make that much anyways?

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They should have done the same for Prey. The other studios are trendsetters. These folks just thought "hey...we have a good thin..those guys made money..let's do it too!!"

 

Good for the movie though. I hope it benefits all creatively involved.

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8 hours ago, marveldcfox said:

They should have done the same for Prey. The other studios are trendsetters. These folks just thought "hey...we have a good thin..those guys made money..let's do it too!!"

 

Good for the movie though. I hope it benefits all creatively involved.

If Shane Black's Predator wasn't such a flop, maybe they would've. Similarly, Covenant's failure also killed Alien, and you can see that with Fede Alvarez's new Alien being sent to die on Hulu.

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37 minutes ago, DAJK said:

Whatever happened to Salem’s Lot?

 

If i remember right, there were reportedly some post-production problems with that movie and it got delayed with no clear future release date.

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I’d say this is more to do with how horror has been performing throughout the pandemic. 

 

This will be third high profile horror film to switch from streaming to theatrical due to positive test screenings after Smile and Evil Dead Rise. 

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