Horror honcho Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) and comedy connoisseur Paul Feig (2016’s Ghostbusters) are teaming up, appropriately enough, to produce the horror-comedy Suburban Hell for Legendary Entertainment.
Based on the 2022 novel of the same name by Maureen Kilmer, the genre-bending film will follow a tight-knit group of suburban moms whose friendship is put to the ultimate test when one of them becomes possessed by an evil spirit.
Joanna Calo (The Bear) will write the script, and the film will be produced by Feig and Laura Fischer of Feigco, and Raimi and Rob Tapert of Ghost House, whose Romel Adam and Jose Cañas will oversee the project for the company.
Calo recently served as writer, producer, director, and co-showrunner of the critically acclaimed FX series The Bear, which recently won star Jeremy Allen White a Golden Globe. Season 2 is expected to debut later this year, and you can safely assume that the series will be a formidable Emmy contender as well. Calo’s writing credits also include the HBO Max series Hacks, and Netflix’s Lost Ollie, which she also executive produced.
If you’re trying to make a horror-comedy, you really have to balance the horror and the comedy, and Raimi and Feig are both masters of those respective genres, so I really like this pairing on paper. Here’s hoping they’re able to find the right director and conjure up some movie magic once again, though ultimately, this is the kind of project that will come down to its cast. Kathryn Hahn, anyone?
CAA represents Raimi and Ghost House, while UTA reps Kilmer and Calo, the latter of whom is also repped by Mosaic. Deadline broke the news about Suburban Hell coming together at Legendary, which has Dune: Part Two coming later this year.