Stephen King’s Son Joe Hill Gets His Horns Optioned

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Joe Hill, the horror writing son of Stephen King, is getting his second novel, the unreleased “Horns”, optioned for a maybe movie.

The deal with optioning is, for those unaware, is that somebody gets the rights, in this case Mandalay Pictures, to make a movie based on your work for a certain amount of time. You get money x and if they make the movie you get amount y. Obviously, y is a happier figure.

Joe Hill is a chip off the old block. I read his first book, “Heart Shaped Box” and it was pretty good. In “Horns”, Hill juices up the strange in a story about a guy that wakes up one morning with big holes in his memory, horns on his head and a dead girlfriend. Sounds awesome. The book won’t even be out til next year. The optioning business is pretty cutthroat. I’ve heard of novels being optioned based on one page of an authors work.

Thanks Variety.

Horns Novel Cover

Author: endymion

Endy is a slightly mangy and gristly citizen of the Great White North. He loves movies big time. How big? In Canada, back in the old days in the ice city where he lived, there would just be one theatre that would be allowed to show any given movie. Some of these theatres were not the giganto-plex or mall theatres that we know and love today. No no, these were the kind of theatres where you had to wait Outside to see a movie. When a big moving picture would open in these single theatres, beaver pelt sporting fellas like Endy would have to wait outside in line for hours while fighting off the human hankering giant Polar Bear or packs of Endy knawing timber wolves. Endy is a dedicated movie watcher. Otherwise, Endy loves him a good Moose jerky, football teams with manly names like the Steelers or Vikings and the thawing embrace of his fine German woman. All these things are good. But you know what is best.