Last year, Legendary Entertainment picked up the rights to Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre, the new horror novel from World War Z author Max Brooks.
Now, the film adaptation has found its director: James Ashcroft (Coming Home in the Dark), who will also work on the script with writing partner Eli Kent.
Centring around the Bigfoot legend, Devolution blurs the lines between human and beast, asking what we are capable of in the face of the unimaginable. Here’s the official synopsis:
“As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined… until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing—and too earth-shattering in its implications—to be forgotten.
“In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death.
“Yet it is also far more than that. Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us—and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.
“Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it—and like none you’ve ever read before.”
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)