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Comics King Steve Niles Helps Hollywood Make Scary Movies

The list of horror comics being adapted as horror movies keeps getting longer. Freaks of the Heartland, a graphic novel by Steve Niles and artist Greg Ruth has been optioned by Overture Films with David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels ) set to direct. In 2004, Readers were introduced to Niles’ Steinbeck-influenced tale about a boy struggling to save his monstrous younger brother from their abusive parents. This endearing story of brotherly love is unlike any you’ve seen before. Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get his brother Will (and the towns other “freak” children) out of harm’s way… If it’s not already too late.

Niles previous comics creation, 30 Days of Night , was released as a movie in 2007. The screenplay for this one comes from newcomers Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey but Niles is serving as executive producer. Fangoria Magazine named him as one of it’s “13 rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next 25 years.” He’s certainly doing his part to help Hollywood get the the job done.

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