THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Creative Team Adapting SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN Series for Netflix.
The BOOM! Studios horror comic Something is Killing the Children is being adapted into a series at Netflix by the creative team behind The Haunting of Hill House. Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are co-writing the script and executive producing.
They are starting off with a pilot episode, and if the project ends up moving forward, Macy, the co-writer and director, would also serve as showrunner. No word on whether Flanagan will be directing some of the episodes.
The comic was written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Werther Dell’Edera. The story is set in a town plagued by monsters that feast on children, “with one teen survivor telling tales that no adult believes. Into this scenario enters a mysterious young woman named Erica Slaughter. The woman, who occasionally converses with her stuffed animal, isn’t there to mince words but rather to mince monsters.”
The comic is described as being “both scary and sad.” The story “incorporates flashes of gripping horror against drama infused by grief, alienation, family dynamics, and LGBTQ themes while the art is somber.”
The comic has received praise and quickly became one of the most popular titles to come from Boom! Studios and from Tynion IV. The series has sold over 1.2 million copies since its launch and also earned an Eisner award for best new series, a Harvey award for book of the year, and a Ringo award for best series in 2020.