Joe Hill is collaborating with Walden Media to create a series based on his 2016 novel The Fireman.
In The Fireman, the United States is shaken by a highly infectious virus that forces people affected to burst into flames. Millions have been infected with the sickness known as Dragonscale. There is no cure. Cremation squads have appeared, wandering the streets looking to kill people suspected of having Drgonscale. In the midst of this mayhem, an infected nurse is sent on a new path following a fortuitous encounter with a strange figure known as the Fireman.
Hill will executive produce alongside Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov of Walden Media. Hill’s novel NOS4A2 has been adapted for AMC, and the forthcoming Universal/Blumhouse picture The Black Phone is based on his short story of the same name.
The Fireman news comes as Walden announces a number of new employees and promotions. Cher Harwysh is leaving Netflix to join Walden as senior vice president of physical production. Jennifer Preston has been appointed vice president of development at Walden. Julia Friley has been elevated to the position of director of development. Harwysh and Bosari will report to Walden CEO Smith, while Friley will answer to Naia Cucukov, Walden’s evp of development and production.
The Walden-produced Finch, starring Tom Hanks, premiered on Apple lately. Rumble, a Paramount picture, and The Babysitter’s Club, a Netflix feature, are among the company’s other credits.
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