We’re hearing that Fox, Paramount, TriStar, and Universal were all eyeing this red-hot package that has The Museum of Broken Relationships scribe Natalie Krinsky attached to adapt the short story, with Flynn producing alongside Michael De Luca. CAA and WME worked the deal, in which Universal had a leg-up thanks to their first-look deal with Michael De Luca Productions. Paramount and TriStar were the other bidders.
As The Tracking Board exclusively reported back in October, rights to Flynn’s ghost story first started to turn heads back in the fall. The Grownup is described as “a ghost story similar to Henry James’ Turn of the Screw.” It tells the story of a a woman struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of harmless fraud. While “reading auras,” our heroine meets a woman who claims to be terrorized by poltergeists. She visits the home where the occurrences take place to find that she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore as she finds herself locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
The Grownup was into several major territories, including: