'Sinister' Director Scott Derrickson Developing Adaptation of Drew Magary's 'The Postmortal'

Posted 9:45 AM July 31st, 2013 by Jeff Giles
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Sinister director Scott Derrickson has a full dance card, which is pretty much par for the course when you've demonstrated an ability to make money in Hollywood -- but he's also acquired enough clout to begin picking his own projects, which is where Drew Magary's The Postmortal comes in.

Magary, a widely read columnist and author who rose to prominence partly by destroying the work of Sports Illustrated hack Peter King in a weekly column at Kissing Suzy Kolber, made his novelist debut with The Postmortal, a rather brilliant modern fantasy that envisions a world in which mortality has been conquered -- much to the chagrin and suffering of just about everyone on the planet. It's a terrifically clever premise, and if the book lacks the biting wit that people came to expect from Magary's earlier columns, it's no less impressive for delivering on much of its boundless promise.

While The Postmortal isn't a horror story per se, Derrickson's attraction to the book makes sense; like a lot of the best horror pics, it presents a seemingly perfect facade for the sole purpose of slowly peeling it back to reveal the squirming horror beneath. And although, as Movies.com notes, Derrickson's plethora of projects may prevent him from moving terribly quickly on his adaptation, it's still nice to know there's at least one semi-original movie making its way through some level of the studio system.

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