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.”
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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.
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