Horror writer Philip Fracassi Story optional for feature film debut

The short story by hot horror author Philip Fracassi, Death, my old friend, was chosen by director Christopher Riggert for his directorial debut. Terms were not disclosed.

In Fracassi’s short story, a boy sparks an unlikely relationship with the personification of death. As they grow older and death begins to take his loved ones, he is forced to question the sinister nature of their friendship.

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Fracassi is the author of the award-winning collection of stories, Here is the voidand his latest collection, Under a pale sky, was recently nominated for a Bram Stroker Award. His next novels include A child alone with strangers (Skyhorse) and Gothic (Cemetery Dance).

He recently landed a two-book, six-figure deal with Tor Nightfire, an imprint of Macmillan, whose first release will be the novel Boys in the Valley (Summer 2023).

As a screenwriter, Fracassi’s films have been distributed by Lifetime Movie Network and Disney Entertainment. It has several stories currently under option by top production companies, as well as a major studio. Fracassi will adapt “Death, My Old Friend”. Blackstone will publish the story in an upcoming collection.

Riggert has previously done several ad campaigns including Super Bowl commercials including spots for Apple, Vodafone and Dodge.

Jib Polhemus original | management + production will produce, with Brendan Deneen and Josh Stanton of Blackstone Publishing.

“I had been looking for a feature film project for a few years now and finally came across a story that stuck with me deeply, a truly unique text filled with emotional power,” Riggert said.

Polhemus recently produced Bull, starring Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly, Maddie Hasson, Ruby Rose, Scoot McNairy, Lil Tjay and Naomi Wild, directed by Tim Sutton. Taurus premiered at the 2022 Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival and is currently at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

He also produced Hello with Baker, Mod Sun, Whitney Cummings, Trippie Redd, Dove Cameron, Becky G and Megan Fox. Hello is distributed by Open Road and Cedar Park and opened last May.

The next of Polhemus is stowaway, starring Ruby Rose, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Frank Grillo, directed by Declan Whitebloom.

Riggert and Polhemus are represented by Frank DeMartini, Esq.

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