We’ve known for some time now that there will be an all new adaptation of Stephen King’s short story ‘Gramma’ from his Skeleton Crew collection which will be titled Mercy. The film, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning.
It’s quite honestly very difficult to keep track of all the movies being adapted for the silver-screen that are based on King’s work because it seems like every other week we get news of a new one in the works. While great King adaptations are few and far between, I still have high hopes for Mercy because it’s a perfect set up for a horrifying haunted house flick.
Based on a short story by Stephen King, Mercy tells the tale of two young boys (“The Walking Dead”’s Chandler Riggs and Super 8’s Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive. Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and overcome the evil forces threatening their family.
Peter Cornwell will be directing the latest piece of cinema to be inspired by the Master of Horror and his short story which will be scripted by Matt Greenberg. Jason Blum will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision.