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Alexandre Aja set to direct adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns

12.08.2011by: Eric Walkuski

HILLS HAVE EYES and PIRANHA 3D director Alexandre Aja is turning to Stephen King's son for his next feature; The Hollywood Reporter has let the news be known that Aja will helm the adaptation of Joe Hill's devilish mystery-thriller HORNS.

Scott Bunin wrote the screenplay for HORNS, which follows a young man who, still mourning the year-old murder of his girlfriend, wakes up one morning with horns growing on his head. He soon discovers that the horns have an odd effect on those around him, and decides to utilize their power in an effort to solve the killing of his childhood love.

Mandalay Pictures is producing the film, which is looking to kick off during the spring or early summer of 2012. No casting has been revealed yet, although in March of this year we heard the rumor that Shia LeBeouf was in line for the lead. (As someone who has read the book, that's a bad choice.) Joe Hill will be on board as executive producer.

If you want the full synopsis for the book, read on!

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . .

PIRANHA 3D's Kelly Brook

Extra Tidbit: HORNS is definitely worth a read, in this mug's opinion; anyone else give it an eyeful?
Source: THR



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