Designed in the format of a furniture catalog (parallels with Ikea are inevitable), Horrorstör is described as a classic old-fashioned haunted house story set in Orsk, a Swedish-style big-box furniture superstore. Each morning, Orsk employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans glassware and vandalized Liripip wardrobes — clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five employees agree to spend a long dusk-till-dawn shift at the store, unaware of the darkness that awaits them. “Horrorstör tells a compelling, old-fashioned horror story but against a contemporary and relatable backdrop,” said Berman. “This is truly a property that is meant to come to life in live action, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
Berman first made her mark in TV as head of Sandollar Television, where she spearheaded the development of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series that went on to spawn a spinoff, Angel. Berman went on to hold top posts art Regency TV, Fox, Paramount Pictures and BermanBraun before launching Jackal this year. With Jackal, she recently sold a comedy from Friends alums Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen to CBS.
“With Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Gail successfully conveyed stories that mixed horror and humor — a tone that is clearly inherent to Horrorstör,” Hendrix said.
Berman will executive produce the project with Quirk Books CEO David Borgenicht. Hendrix will serve as a consultant. Horrorstör was published by Quirk — book publisher and entertainment company — just last month. Quirk has two other bestsellers being adapted as features: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Hendrix’s follow-up novel is due out from Quirk Books in 2016.
The Gotham Group’s Shari Smiley repped Quirk Books in the licensing of the rights to the book.