One of the bigger indie comics on the scene is set to be brought to life thanks to Netflix and the team behind The Haunting of Hill House. THR has reported that Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are developing an adaptation of Something is Killing the Children for the streaming service.
Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera, the award-winning Something is Killing the Children tells of a town plagued by monsters that feast on children and the mysterious stranger who just might save them all. “When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless,” reads the official description. “Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it MUST be done.” Sounds like fun. The project is still in the early stages, but Mike Flanagan will co-write the script alongside Trevor Macy, with both executive producing the pilot. Should the series move forward, Macy would serve as showrunner.
Mike Flanagan has developed plenty of projects for Netflix, including The Haunting of Hill House and the follow-up series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and has even more on the way. Flanagan has Midnight Mass, a supernatural thriller series that centers around a community that experiences miraculous events and frightening omens after the arrival of a mysterious priest, as well as The Midnight Club, which takes place at Rotterdam Home, a hospice for terminally ill teenagers, and follows a group of patients who begin to gather together at midnight to share scary stories. They then make a pact that whichever one of them dies first will attempt to contact the others from beyond the grave.