Joko Anwar To Direct ‘Fritzchen’ For Village Roadshow; Michael Voyer Adapting Charles Beaumont Story

Joko Anwar

EXCLUSIVE: Indonesian director Joko Anwar (Impetigore) is gearing up to direct Fritzchen, an adaptation of the classic short story by Charles Beaumont that is in development at Village Roadshow.

While the story published in Orbit magazine in 1953 (and later in Beaumont’s anthology Yonder) examines a boy’s encounter with a strange creature on the beach, blending elements of sci-fi and horror, details with regard to the film’s plot are being kept under wraps. Michael Voyer (The Broodmare) is adapting the script, with David Kopple on board to produce for Entertainment 360. Village Roadshow recently optioned the short story and will serve as the project’s financier.

Beaumont was an acclaimed science fiction writer best known for penning such Twilight Zone episodes as “The Howling Man,” “Static,” “Miniature,” “Printer’s Devil” and “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You.” He also wrote the screenplays for films including Brain Dead, The Masque of the Red Death, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The Haunted Palace, Night of the Eagle, The Premature Burial and Queen of Outer Space, as well as such novels as Run from the Hunter and The Intruder, while publishing nine anthologies of short fiction. Beaumont was also the subject of Jason Brock’s 2010 documentary Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man.

Anwar is an acclaimed genre filmmaker whose feature Impetigore was selected as Indonesia’s Oscar entry for 2021. In addition to that horror film, centered on a woman’s journey to her remote ancestral village, he has helmed films including Gundala, Satan’s Slaves, A Copy of My Mind, Ritual, The Forbidden Door, Dead Time and Joni’s Promise.

Anwar is represented by CAA, Good Fear Content and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Voyer is repped by Verve, Good Fear Content and attorney Marios Rush.

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