Andy Muschietti, director of both IT films as well as the upcoming Flash movie, has been hired to direct and produce the first two episodes of the new HBO Max series, The Final Girl Support Group. The series is an adaptation of Grady Hendrix‘s horror novel of the same name, which was released just last week. Hendrix will also executive produce the series.
Hendrix’s novel revolves around several young women who join a support group for survivors of different massacres similar to the ones depicted in various 80s slasher movies.
He’s a bestselling author whose other books – Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires – are also currently in various stages of being adapted.
The series is being produced by Charlize Theron and her production company, Denver and Delilah, which recently signed a first-look deal with HBO Max, so this should be the first of many shows to premiere on the streaming platform with Theron’s name attached.
Muschietti’s hiring obviously makes sense considering he helmed the IT films, which were immensely popular.
HBO would love The Final Girl Support Group to turn into something like their own Stranger Things, which is obviously what every nascent streaming service is hoping for. The heavily meta premise is definitely something that will catch the eye of horror fans.
The show is clearly in pretty early development considering the book was only just released, so it’s unclear how many episodes it will be.
Six is usually the happy number, so we’ll wait and see what director(s) join Muschietti. It’s easy to imagine plenty of genre filmmakers salivating at the chance to helm something that likely has a clear love for the horror genre.