Spooky film to be based on Hill's book

Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan will adapt and direct thriller “Heart-Shaped Box” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Akiva Goldsman is producing.

Film is based on the book of the same name by writer Joe Hill, the son of horror fiction maven Stephen King.

Hill’s spooky storyline revolves around an aging rock star with a penchant for the macabre. He can’t refuse an offer to buy a suit on eBay that’s said to contain a ghost. After the suit arrives, he begins to realize that while he wants the ghost gone, the ghost wants him dead.

Hill’s tome, published by William Morrow/HarperCollins, hit the bookstands in February and is his first novel. He is a prizewinning short story writer who previously published the anthology “20th Century Ghosts.”

Warners exec VP Kevin McCormick scooped up the film rights to “Heart-Shaped Box” a year ago, based on a short logline and an early peek at the prose.

Jordan’s (“The Crying Game,” “Michael Collins”) next directorial effort, Jodie Foster starrer “The Brave One,” will be released by Warners Sept. 14.

Jordan is repped by Casarotto Marsh and Creative Artists Agency.

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