The Boogeyman
Directed byRob Savage
Screenplay by
Based on"The Boogeyman"
by Stephen King
Produced by
CinematographyEli Born
Distributed byHulu
Release date
  • 2023 (2023)
CountryUnited States

The Boogeyman is an upcoming American horror film directed by Rob Savage and written by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, Akela Cooper, and Mark Heyman, based on the 1978 short story of the same name by Stephen King. It stars Chris Messina, Sophie Thatcher, David Dastmalchian, and Marin Ireland. The film is scheduled to be released on Hulu in 2023.[1]


Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her little brother find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.[2]



The Boogeyman is a horror adaptation of Stephen King's 1978 short story of the same name. On June 26, 2018, it was announced filmmaking partners Scott Beck and Bryan Woods would write the screenplay with Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen attached to produce for 21 Laps Entertainment.[3] However, in 2019, after the Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the film was canceled, along with other films in development.[4] In November 2021, the film was revived, and it was reported that Rob Savage would direct from a screenplay written by Mark Heyman, based on original drafts by Beck, Woods, and Akela Cooper.[2] In January 2022, Sophie Thatcher and Chris Messina joined the cast.[5] In February, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, Vivien Lyra Blair, and Madison Hu were added to the cast.[6] Filming began in February 2022 in New Orleans.[6]


The Boogeyman is scheduled to be released on Hulu in 2023.[6]


  1. ^ "The Boogeyman". Beck/Woods. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (November 1, 2021). "20th/Hulu Conjure The Boogeyman From Stephen King Short; Rob Savage Directs & 21 Laps Produces". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (June 26, 2018). "Stephen King's Boogeyman Movie in the Works With A Quiet Place Writers". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Geisinger, Gabriella (October 8, 2019). "Fox movies scrapped forever after Disney's big takeover". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 31, 2022). "Yellowjackets Sophie Thatcher And Chris Messina Starring In Adaptation Of Stephen King Short Story Boogeyman For 20th Century". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Grobar, Matt (February 22, 2022). "The Boogeyman: David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, Vivien Lyra Blair & Madison Hu Board 20th Century Studios' Stephen King Adaptation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2022.