A24 is re-teaming with Jeremy Saulnier, the filmmaker behind the horror-thriller Green Room which screened opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival on an adaptation of William Giraldi’s novel Hold the Dark. Saulnier will direct and his creative partner Macon Blair will adapt the book for the screen.
Hold the Dark, set in the Alaskan wilderness, is about family and fate. The story revolves around a child taken from his village by a pack of wolves and an expert hunter is called in to track them down and kill them. He finds himself confronting not only the cruelty of Mother nature but also his own failings. As the child’s grief-crazed father follows behind him, it becomes unclear who is really being hunted.
In its review, The New York Times called the novel “extraordinary…an unnerving and intimate portrayal of nature gone awry” while the Boston Globe boldly stated that “it stands out as one of the decade’s best books.”
A24 will produce alongside their recurring partner Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions and also Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures.
CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Saulnier, Blair, and Giraldi. Saulnier and Blair are managed by Anonymous Content; Saulnier is also represented by attorney André Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP; Blair by attorney Bradley Garrett of Cohen & Gardner; and Giraldi by David Patterson of Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, Inc.