From low-key dating horror stories to…an actual horror film, the “Cat Person” author’s next career move is a bit unexpected. Kristin Roupenian’s New Yorker short story generated a huge viral moment when her tale of a young woman who goes on a very mediocre date resonated deeply with, well, almost every person who read it.
Now, Roupenian isn’t letting the momentum subside, and instead, she’s channeling it into a brilliantly different new career move. She sold a screenplay to production company A24, the company behind films like Lady Bird and Ex Machina, and it’s the first-ever spec script acquisition A24 has made.
Not much is known about the plot of Bodies, Bodies, Bodies but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say the script “shows heightened sensitivity to character development and social dynamics in a subversive way.” A24 executives knew about “Cat Person,” and when they heard Roupenian had written a script, they reached out to her.
Sources also told the Reporter that the script was a “shrewd character study where mystery and deep-seated scares blended in such a way that the company saw an opportunity to make a horror movie that could also be culturally relevant.”
In a burgeoning era of horror movies with social justice themes, like Jordan Peele’s Get Out, it sounds like Bodies, Bodies, Bodies could be happening at just the right time.