Shirley Jackson's short story “The Lottery” (which you can read an analysis of here) is one of the most frequently anthologized – and pondered upon, The New Yorker received more letters than it ever had when it first ran the story in 1948, both irate, horrified, and utterly baffled by the horror they just read – stories in the English language. It has been treated on the small screen and on stage and radio a number of times, but never in feature film format – until now.

Jackson's piece is largely the penultimate example of social horror which films like Get Out have pushed further forward. "The Lottery" tells the story of small town secrets and a horrific yearly ritual to help guarantee an adequate harvest. Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle about the story, "I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives."

Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher) is writing the screenplay for this feature. Kennedy/Marshall for Paramount, Frank Marshall, producer on Sully, Jason Bourne, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is producing along with Mark Holder, Christine Holder, and Andrew Wilson of Zero Gravity Entertainment. Jackson's son Laurence Jackson Hyman is also executive producing.

Stay tuned to The 405 for more on this exciting project as we hear it.