Per Deadline, AWA Studios have tapped Elle Callahan to write and direct a feature film adaptation of John Lees‘ graphic novel Hotell. She will also co-write the script with Anthony Ruff, with AWA Studios president Zach Studin producing.
The graphic novel is set in the mysterious and frightening backdrop of the Pierrot Courts Hotel, where lost souls make their last stand with the demons that haunt them. It was written by Lees, drawn by artist Dalibor Talajic, and edited by AWA co-founder and chief creative officer Axel Alonso.
“I’m very excited to be working with AWA to adapt John Lees‘ terrifying graphic novel Hotell,” Callahan said in a statement. “I aim to tell stories that push the horror genre in new directions — and my plan for this piece involves a very unique approach to the storytelling. This horror will feel all too relatable, and no doubt keep you up at night.”
Lees added: “Hotell has been such a fun, rewarding comic to work on with Dalibor, Lee, Sal and the AWA team. The setting of Pierrot Courts works as a canvas within which you can tell all kinds of different horror stories, from the harrowing to the blackly comic, and introduce all manner of different characters.
It’s also a world ripe for new interpretations, and I’m so excited to see how Elle Callahan will bring our haunted hotel to the world of film.”
Callahan broke out a few years ago with her directorial debut Head Count, and she most recently wrapped filming on supernatural horror Witch Hunt.
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The recently launched AWA Studios has begun to solidify that slate with interesting projects that include Chariot, which has Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski at the helm, and an adaptation of Old Haunts.