Steven Spielberg Is Turning A Viral Reddit Story Into A Horror Film

Good news for ghost-story fans: Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners production is set to turn Reddit's viral ghost story, The Spire in the Woods, into a feature-length film.

Spielberg's Amblin has teamed up with Roy Lee (who produced supernatural horror film It) and Jon Berg (who produced Justice League), after acquiring the rights to author Tony Lunedi's The Spire in the Woods - a series of Reddit posts written in 2013 that were later collated into a book.

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

The blurb reads: "After discovering the suicide of a schoolmate may be connected to a local legend, a young man embarks on a quest to discover the truth. Why had Robert Edward Kennan killed himself? Was it because of a failed relationship or something more insidious?

"Based on actual events, the Spire in the Woods is equal parts coming of age and ghost story. A candid account of one man's struggles with his mental health, his obsession with the supernatural, and the single biggest regret of his life."

The film will retitle the story The Bells and is the tale of a young teenage boy seeking for answers about his friend's suicide. But once he sets out on his search for information he's inexplicably drawn in by the same alluring but deadly ghost story.

Movie producer Roy Lee founded Vertigo in 2002. Alongside producing this year's It: Chapter 2, he was also behind moves including US remakes of The Ring, Dark Water, and The Grudge. Scary stuff.

Credit: Amblin
Credit: Amblin

Steven Spielberg is busy in 2019 too, executive producing Men in Black International the film adaptation of the David Lloyd Webber musical, Cats. He's also directing his own updated remake of West Side Story, set to film his summer.

There's no more information on the film as yet but you can read the original Reddit feed where it all started here.

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