Rob Savage, director of lockdown hit Host, is staying in the horror genre with his next film. Deadline reports that Savage is set to direct a film adaptation of Night of the Ghoul, a new horror comic from Dark Horse that centres around an eponymous lost horror film.
Created by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla, the first issue of Night of the Ghoul released earlier this month. Here’s what the comic is all about:
“Shot in 1936, Night of the Ghoul by writer/director T.F. Merritt was meant to sit beside Frankenstein and Dracula as an instant classic . . . But the legendary film never made it to the silver screen. Just before editing was finished, a mysterious studio fire destroyed the footage and killed the cast and crew celebrating at the wrap party.
“Forest Inman is a horror film obsessive who digitises old films for the famed Aurora movie studio. When Forest stumbles across a seemingly forgotten canister of footage, he just might have discovered the remnants of the lost classic Night of the Ghoul. This discovery sends Forest on a dark odyssey, where he is warned by a mysterious old man that the film’s ghoul is far more than a work of fiction: it’s a very real monster who plans to kill him.”
20th Century Studios picked up the rights to the comic series. Synder and Francavilla will executive produce the film adaptation. Producers include Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)