EXCLUSIVE: In a bidding battle between multiple studios, Fox 2000 and 21 Laps have acquired feature rights to Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying, an elevated horror short story written by Alice Sola Kim. The story was published in Tin House Magazine in October. I heard there were five offers as this became the latest in a pre-holiday flourish of material deals before the town shuts down for the holidays.
Mothers is the story of three girls, born in South Korea and adopted by American families, who feel isolated within their adopted families and their suburban hometown. When they discover a spell that summons the spirit of their Korean “mother,” it at first seems a dream come true. But darkness lies beneath, and this spirit may be more demon than savior.
21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing with author Kim executive producing. Becca Edelman brought the project into 21 Laps and will oversee for the company. Gillian Bohrer will oversee for the studio.
Kim is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy.
21 Laps recently wrapped production on Stranger Things 3. Upcoming projects include Fox’s Free Guy, with Levy directing and Ryan Reynolds starring, Monster Problems starring Dylan O’Brien at Paramount Players, and Sesame Street at Warner Brothers. They recently teamed with Greg Berlanti to adapt the hit New York musical Be More Chill.
Kim is repped by WME. 21 Laps is repped by WME and Ziffren/Brittenham.