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Shia LeBeouf To Grow Joe Hill's HORNS!

Published at: March 17, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

Joe Hill's HORNS was a fantastic book - funny, scary, straight up Gaimanesque, and well written.  Hill's leapt out of his dad's considerable shadow long ago, but HORNS was probably the best horror novel I'd read in a while.  And it looks like Shia LeBeouf is now set to star in the film and be closely involved in production, according to Variety.

That's good casting.  While reading the book I was thinking that the role would be good for him, a dark, bitterly funny character and if they don't pull any punches HORNS could do for Hill what Stephen King's films did for him.  Depending on who becomes involved behind the camera, HORNS could well become a horror classic if they stick to the source.  They need to get a filmmaker with a real mean streak that won't try to fit the film in a box.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 17, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    hell yeah

    by wattos new hat

  • March 17, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Shia LeBeouf sucks

    by Frank Conniff

    Is this King Jr’s first movie adaptation? And Shia is closely involved in the production? This could turn out badly for Joe.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Beouf doesnt suck

    by mattforce7

    he just sucked in InDY4

  • March 17, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Shia LeBeouf sucks

    by HelmetBoy

    Donkey Dick

  • March 17, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    You know something? You suck.

    by purplemonkeydw

    O'Doyle rules!

  • carrie remains the only good adaptation and nordling, king was already pretty popular before they started adapting his stuff

  • March 17, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    If donkey balls tastes like success

    by mattforce7

    Then bring'em on. Shia has been in some stupid movies, and i used to hate him too for the sake of it. There is a staying power, but he ahs yet to fully find it yet. Get ur fat ass of the net and grow some balls, and get a hobby

  • March 17, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Hey restyles, what about The Green Mile?

    by googamooga

    That one doesn't count or something? I also thought the original Pet Semetary was pretty close to the book, and the slow motion "NO!" scream after Gage dies still gives me chills every time I see it.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    And Shawshank Redemption?

    by googamooga

    ??

  • March 17, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    And Misery?

    by googamooga

    ???

  • March 17, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Shia didn't suck in Indiana Jones 4...

    by bubcus

    ... the swinging monkeys, the CG gophers, and the weak climax sucked. Shia, his parents, and Peter Cullen are the only saving graces to Bay's Transformers films. Now, having said all that, I should probably read this book because not knowing anything about it, I probably wouldn't see this film (I don't watch a lot of horror films, I've seen maybe a few dozen).

  • March 17, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    restyles...sorry, dude. You're Wrong.

    by MrBlonde47

    On both counts. King himself credits Brian DePalma with much if his success as an author because of the film Carrie. This fact was referrenced right here on this site in the BTS Pic of the Day featuring Carrie. And: I would say the hands down the best adaptation of a King work is Shawshank Redemption followed closely by The Green Mile and Stand By Me (originally titled The Body).

  • March 17, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    And Stand By Me...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Plenty of good King adaptations.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I thought Green Mile was terrible when I saw it in the theater

    by Frank Conniff

    but it seems like a lot of people here like it, so maybe I should give it another shot. I think there are quite a few good Stephen King adaptations. I actually liked the movie version of Needful Things pretty well. There was a ton of the book that was cut out, but I think the film did a good version of distilling the plot to its essential elements.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Heck, I even liked Maximum Overdrive

    by googamooga

    Though if it weren't for the AC/DC soundtrack, I would have given it the boot.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Listen, boggycreekbeast

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    The conventional trailer park wisdom here is that Shia sucks and that this project is doomed. There. That's the damn memo. tv.s_frank is on board with the team, so why aren't you?!

  • March 17, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    and Shia does suck

    by Frank Conniff

    I thought his interaction with his parents was absolutely the worst thing about Transformers, which is saying a lot since essentially every aspect of that movie was terrible.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Shia LaBeouf does suck.

    by Jack Kovack

    He's one of the most overrated actors in Hollywood. How about he plays the character like someone who doesn't need ritalin. As a result he's very unconvincing.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    So is this another "CARS" movie?

    by cookylamoo

    You know...horns!

  • March 17, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The sequel should be called "STILL HORNEY" and Shia does SUCK SUCK SUCK!

    by Professor_Monster

    Another nothing special actor who's being force fed to the public until they get used to the taste. He follows in the footsteps of Seth Rogan, John Stewart and Jimmy Fallon.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Actually I liked him in “Holes"

    by Frank Conniff

    He worked a lot better as a goofy kid than as a greasy twentysomething.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, so? It was a good movie.

    by Frank Conniff

    What?

  • March 17, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Many of my friends also enjoyed Shia's holes.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and by that, I mean, they enjoyed penetrating his anus and mouth with their penises. What? (No, seriously, I have also heard that it's a very good movie and I want to see it myself.)

  • March 17, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    good casting?

    by logjam

    It is? And this comment: "Shia, his parents, and Peter Cullen are the only saving graces to Bay's Transformers films." is laughable. Shia's dialogue in the Transformers flicks consisted of yelling NOnoNOnoNOnoNOnoNOnoNOno the entire time. And his parents were useless screen fillers.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Suckiest suck that ever sucked.

    by Mr Soze

    That's right he sucks.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    unfortunately...

    by Destry

    ...the suckage of shia isn't the issue here: the book was lousy. yep, nordling, LOUSY. it was everything hill's last novel, "heart shaped box" wasn't: meandering, uninvolving, dull. can't someone make "heart shaped box"?

  • March 17, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Horns was Hill's sophmore slump

    by Mariusz

    Heart-Shaped Box was amazing. Horns never really took off places I wanted it to for me. It was simply limp. Furthermore, I don't see Shia as Ig. Don't have a problem with Siah, but I don't see him playing that role. I could be wrong, though. But I doubt it.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Horns is GREAT!

    by Rustle

    LaBeouf, not so much. I haven't liked him in anything yet.. Movies, he's added suckage to, Constantine, I Robot, Disturbia, Transformers, Eagle Eye, Indiana Jones, Wall Street 2. Why does this guy get to keep f'n up movies..

  • March 17, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah Horns is really good

    by jimmy_009

    I knew when I read it that it would be a movie before long. Fun concept and three dimensional characters.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to more psychotic yelling from Shia

    by MooseMalloy

  • March 17, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Shit Le Beef a Good Casting...???

    by D o o d

    Really?

  • March 17, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    I wanna fuck Shia

    by NYC

    Really bad.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    The talkbackers who hate Shia want to be him or fuck him.

    by Arafel

    I don't hate Shia LeBeouf for being a lucky son of a bitch. I would trade places with him in a heartbeat, so would all the motherfuckers on this talkback who say they hate him and he sucks. Bullshit! You know that you either want to be him, or you want his dick in your mouth!

  • March 17, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Totally Inappropriate Casting.

    by venvariants

    That is the very last name that comes to mind when I think of Joe Hill's Horns. Ig Parrish is more of a Norman Reedus kinda guy. Way, way off mark.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Horns was him staying firmly IN the shadow of King imo

    by performingmonkey

    Much moreso than Heart-Shaped Box I thought Horns was Joe Hill really trying to pull off his dad.....er, that needs rephrasing... The parts where it flashbacks to when they're kids/teens it just reminded me of King, except nowhere near as good. The snakes was very King too, except King usually likes to use rats! Horns is a love story that got fucked up by jealousy and hatred between two 'friends'. There's only like 3 characters in the fuckin book. Oh no, his brother Terry, that's 4. I liked the main relationship between Ig and Merrin (the letter near the end of the book brought tears to my eyes, I admit) but the 'horror' side of the book was pretty pedestrian and the horns themselves not used effectively enough. No way a 'horror classic'. I would work better as a TV movie. Nothing in it warrants the full movie treatment. I can't see Shia as Ig. Ig needs to have the aggro going on. Maybe this will be Shia's big gamechanging performance...or it will be shit. Just bring on the next King adaptation. Dark Tower!!!

  • March 17, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    are the making heart shaped box??

    by zenith1226

    That was a great book...

  • March 17, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Shia LeBARF is a wannabe Michael Bay butt boy

    by IronEagle74

    This guy cannot act. He just does his little sort of insecure act thing in every role he plays so that he can draw his paycheck.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I will say.. I don't HATE Shia.. BUT.

    by mcgillj

    his roles have, more or less.. SUCKED.. or just been really middle of the road.. I actually dug "Holes".. and he actually was pretty decent in the Wall St. sequel. I even LIKED him in the FIRST Transformers.. part deux was just more of the same.. but an infinitely WORSE movie (not really his fault), enjoyed the Rear Window riff of Disturbia.. but Eagle Eye was downright AWFUL (yet again.. not necesarily his fault.. it was just an AWFUL movie). and Indiana Jones.. not that he was awful.. but he was definitely playing the WRONG kind of part.. a tough greaser.. umm no.. If he had been a bookish kind of nerd.. who HAD taken fencing.. more of a Marcus Brody like character.. maybe.. but even that I think the ENTIRE son aspect was a whole lotta unnecessary. as for Shia in "Horns".. just finished it today.. and it was a good solid read, although the way its written the main narrative story.. will stop in some chapters to fill in flashback (for long stretches) before joining back to the MAIN story... and I can NOT see them letting them keep this movie's teeth as they are.. it'll feel watered down.. I guarantee.. the nun who wants to steal everything and be loved? the kid sadistically killing the cat? the disturbing.. memories of Lee Torneau in general? IF.. they do cast Shia.. do NOT cast him as Ig.. no.. it just.. they need someone STRONGER.. its really a difficult part.. and ALOT of it would be under heavy prosthesis.. I think an INTERESTING flip would for Shia to play the BAD guy Lee..

  • March 17, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Horns was actually a boring read

    by Alan Olson

    I like Joe Hill. Heart Shaped Box was brilliant. Most of 20th Century Ghosts was brilliant. Needless to say I was intrigued with Horns...but almost gave up on reading it half way through. I did finish it, but didn't feel any different at the end. I'm surprised its going to be his first movie.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    ramirez, the answer you are looking for is “yes"

    by Frank Conniff

  • March 17, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    NO ONE SHALL FORGIVE MY FURIOUS RACISM

    by Spielbergs Furious Racism

    NOT EVEN THAT LITTLE JEW

  • March 17, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    AND WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT, HOW ABOUT SOME DAN SIMMONS NOVELS TO FILMS?

    by Spielbergs Furious Racism

    SO PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT A REAL AUTHOR CAN DO WITH SOME REAL HORROR.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    mrblonde47

    by john

    then i guess i was kings only fan, as i used to sneak into my dads porn collection to read his stuff (seriously, i never looked at the pictures, just read the king stories in the girly mags) and i was talking kings horror books....sorry

  • March 17, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    i am so there

    by frank cotton

    hope someone picks up HEART-SHAPED BOX

  • March 17, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    "Joe Hill" writes exactly like his dad does these days:

    by HelveticaBOLD

    Great concepts, solid characters, and NO ABILITY TO WRITE AN ENDING. Both "Horns" and "Heart Shaped Box" suffer terribly from predictable plots and HUGELY disappointing, letdown endings. Hey, Joe: you want to be a real writer? SURPRISE ME. Your story is only as good as your ending -- you MUST know this. At Least your dad had some good novels in him at the beginning of his career -- so far you're batting .000 for solid reads all the way through. Figure out how to bring it all home, and you'll be the real deal -- until then? Meh.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    i was kicked out of another sandbox, so i'll try again here

    by frank cotton

    just, pick one, or, the other, frank! quit, playin'... question #1) i get this one a lot. so, frank, or god, or, crazy fucker, what's with all the, foul language, and, bad grammar, and, all that? don't you, think that, maybe, more people would, listen' to ya, iffn you, like, didn't curse so, doggone much? answer #1) well, uh, FUCK NO, BOZO! you want i should get all, 'thee' and 'thou' with you, think, that might help? lookee here, shithook; has it, worked, yet? anyone paying attention to, that, SHAKESPEAREAN crap? did they, ever? maybe, you'd like, me, to, speak LATIN, at ya, huh? didn't, think so, numbnuts. this, is, how you, meaning people as a, whole, talk, more or less, right? no, fancy crap, a little slang, here, and there, a little, or, a lot, of cussin', dependin' on, present company and/or, circumstances or, whatnot. right. so, this, is how frank, god, psycho dude, talks, to you. in, the, local vernacular, with, the, current lingo, gringo. not, expecting to, reach many of the, 45 and, above crowd, anyways, so...next question. #2) are you, like, all-powerful? answer #2) HELL NO! don't i, wish! no, you see, if i, was, then, the earth, would, have been RENT ASUNDER, long before i, turned like, fourteen! hormones, and, all, that, adolescent bullshit. you don't go givin' a toddler, nuclear weapons, do you? what we got here is, a, reverse WIZARD OF OZ deal. i am, that is, frank, here, in his, corporeal form, is, the AVATAR, the user-friendly interface, the earthbound incarnation of, god. at, this point, just a, dude, with his, mental acuity, goin' way, way, off scale. now, i. know purty much near, most of ya'll, remember, the, STAR TREK episode, with, APOLLO? of, course you do! ran, that one, slap into the, ground, didn't they? you, had your, 'god', in, one place, and, his, for, lack of a better term, power supply, elsewhere. what you, got, with me, is, frank, down here on, good ol' earth, and, his, power supply, back, at the house, so to speak, in, dimension Z. GO AHEAD, AND, TRY, TO FIND IT. more, power to ya, so, to speak! i, may not have, immediate access, to the whole, uh, PLETHORA, of, godly superpowers, at, this very instant, but, you see, frank's, always been a, bit, hair-triggered, rage-wise, and, just plain, too, unstable, presently, to, be packin' the, FORCE, in a, like, major way. no, sir, not, a, good idea, at, this time. i'm, workin' up to it, mind, but, for the, time being i'm, a, combination, ambassador/field operative/undercover observer, kind, of guy. question #3) uh, why so many, like, different gods, and religions, and, uh, hell, why is/are all of your, god, personas so, changeable? answer #3) 'cause all you asswipes, just, don't, listen to me, in, whatever, shape/form/disposition/demeanor i, try! seems, as if, since i, ain't, to your knowledge, actually, physically present, like, ever, ya'll think you can, just, worship any old, thing, that, pops into, your, tiny little heads! this is due, partly, to the anti-authority component of your psychological makeup being cranked just a tad too high. not to mention, kinda, poorly focused, too. kinda my fault, but, also, kinda yours, too, i, can, adjust the volume, so, to speak, but the direction it goes in is, up, to you. mostly. question #4) the, big one, the, one they made that, movie, about, WHY? why, are we here, what's, it all for, what, is the purpose of, existence? mine. yours. everyone's. WHY. it's funny, isn't it, how the, most, difficult questions often have the, simplest answers, and the, simple questions, have the, most incomprehensible answers? well, you're gonna love, this, one. answer #4) because, OK. why, does anybody do, anything? why do, people, climb mount everest, why do, we, hurl probes into space, why does, the, chicken, cross the fuckin' road? because, it's, something, to do; because, there's, nothing good on, TV, because being god, is, BORING! that's, why. there you, have it. if you won at, EVERYTHING, if you couldn't even, possibly, lose, AT ANYTHING, how long, do you think it would be before you, were bored out of, your skull? notice how, if, you use game cheats, all the time, the game becomes, pointless, because there's no, real, sense of winning or losing, there's no, real, sense of anything, at all, because there's no, challenge, there's nothing, at stake, whatsoever. it's just, same old, same old. but life, real, actual life, doesn't have, cheat codes (but you can still cheat, of course), it doesn't have, save points, and, if you die, you, really fucking die. get it? life, is a game, but, with no resets, no, health packs, and no, extra lives. it's a real, challenge. it's the ultimate, GOD GAME. and when, god, plays, it's the same as when, you, play, a game, you, have set conditions, and parameters, and (if you, are NOT using, cheat codes) the, same baseline abilities as, any other player. and the REASON we are all here, is, to do things, and buy stuff. that's pretty much it folks, LIFE, is, boiled down to it's constituent parts, simply, something to do. that's, the big SECRET OF EVERYTHING! it's the ENDS, and the MEANS, all wrapped up together, for your enjoyment, at home, at work, or wherever you are. it is, what it is. the secret of life, is to learn the secret of life. that's why STEPHEN KING's, DARK TOWER ended the way it did, that's why, in ASTEROIDS, when you fly off the screen on one side, you, simultaneously fly in the other...there's just no other way to do things, than to do things. chew on that, for a spell. i'll be back...

  • March 17, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    i was kicked out of another sandbox, so i'll try again here

    by frank cotton

    just, pick one, or, the other, frank! quit, playin'... question #1) i get this one a lot. so, frank, or god, or, crazy fucker, what's with all the, foul language, and, bad grammar, and, all that? don't you, think that, maybe, more people would, listen' to ya, iffn you, like, didn't curse so, doggone much? answer #1) well, uh, FUCK NO, BOZO! you want i should get all, 'thee' and 'thou' with you, think, that might help? lookee here, shithook; has it, worked, yet? anyone paying attention to, that, SHAKESPEAREAN crap? did they, ever? maybe, you'd like, me, to, speak LATIN, at ya, huh? didn't, think so, numbnuts. this, is, how you, meaning people as a, whole, talk, more or less, right? no, fancy crap, a little slang, here, and there, a little, or, a lot, of cussin', dependin' on, present company and/or, circumstances or, whatnot. right. so, this, is how frank, god, psycho dude, talks, to you. in, the, local vernacular, with, the, current lingo, gringo. not, expecting to, reach many of the, 45 and, above crowd, anyways, so...next question. #2) are you, like, all-powerful? answer #2) HELL NO! don't i, wish! no, you see, if i, was, then, the earth, would, have been RENT ASUNDER, long before i, turned like, fourteen! hormones, and, all, that, adolescent bullshit. you don't go givin' a toddler, nuclear weapons, do you? what we got here is, a, reverse WIZARD OF OZ deal. i am, that is, frank, here, in his, corporeal form, is, the AVATAR, the user-friendly interface, the earthbound incarnation of, god. at, this point, just a, dude, with his, mental acuity, goin' way, way, off scale. now, i. know purty much near, most of ya'll, remember, the, STAR TREK episode, with, APOLLO? of, course you do! ran, that one, slap into the, ground, didn't they? you, had your, 'god', in, one place, and, his, for, lack of a better term, power supply, elsewhere. what you, got, with me, is, frank, down here on, good ol' earth, and, his, power supply, back, at the house, so to speak, in, dimension Z. GO AHEAD, AND, TRY, TO FIND IT. more, power to ya, so, to speak! i, may not have, immediate access, to the whole, uh, PLETHORA, of, godly superpowers, at, this very instant, but, you see, frank's, always been a, bit, hair-triggered, rage-wise, and, just plain, too, unstable, presently, to, be packin' the, FORCE, in a, like, major way. no, sir, not, a, good idea, at, this time. i'm, workin' up to it, mind, but, for the, time being i'm, a, combination, ambassador/field operative/undercover observer, kind, of guy. question #3) uh, why so many, like, different gods, and religions, and, uh, hell, why is/are all of your, god, personas so, changeable? answer #3) 'cause all you asswipes, just, don't, listen to me, in, whatever, shape/form/disposition/demeanor i, try! seems, as if, since i, ain't, to your knowledge, actually, physically present, like, ever, ya'll think you can, just, worship any old, thing, that, pops into, your, tiny little heads! this is due, partly, to the anti-authority component of your psychological makeup being cranked just a tad too high. not to mention, kinda, poorly focused, too. kinda my fault, but, also, kinda yours, too, i, can, adjust the volume, so, to speak, but the direction it goes in is, up, to you. mostly. question #4) the, big one, the, one they made that, movie, about, WHY? why, are we here, what's, it all for, what, is the purpose of, existence? mine. yours. everyone's. WHY. it's funny, isn't it, how the, most, difficult questions often have the, simplest answers, and the, simple questions, have the, most incomprehensible answers? well, you're gonna love, this, one. answer #4) because, OK. why, does anybody do, anything? why do, people, climb mount everest, why do, we, hurl probes into space, why does, the, chicken, cross the fuckin' road? because, it's, something, to do; because, there's, nothing good on, TV, because being god, is, BORING! that's, why. there you, have it. if you won at, EVERYTHING, if you couldn't even, possibly, lose, AT ANYTHING, how long, do you think it would be before you, were bored out of, your skull? notice how, if, you use game cheats, all the time, the game becomes, pointless, because there's no, real, sense of winning or losing, there's no, real, sense of anything, at all, because there's no, challenge, there's nothing, at stake, whatsoever. it's just, same old, same old. but life, real, actual life, doesn't have, cheat codes (but you can still cheat, of course), it doesn't have, save points, and, if you die, you, really fucking die. get it? life, is a game, but, with no resets, no, health packs, and no, extra lives. it's a real, challenge. it's the ultimate, GOD GAME. and when, god, plays, it's the same as when, you, play, a game, you, have set conditions, and parameters, and (if you, are NOT using, cheat codes) the, same baseline abilities as, any other player. and the REASON we are all here, is, to do things, and buy stuff. that's pretty much it folks, LIFE, is, boiled down to it's constituent parts, simply, something to do. that's, the big SECRET OF EVERYTHING! it's the ENDS, and the MEANS, all wrapped up together, for your enjoyment, at home, at work, or wherever you are. it is, what it is. the secret of life, is to learn the secret of life. that's why STEPHEN KING's, DARK TOWER ended the way it did, that's why, in ASTEROIDS, when you fly off the screen on one side, you, simultaneously fly in the other...there's just no other way to do things, than to do things. chew on that, for a spell. i'll be back...

  • March 18, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    What? What! WHAT!?!

    by LordBond

    Shia LeBeouf?!? What on earth? If the producers are trying to make a Shia LeBeouf film there are plenty of other alternatives. Please don't BeefRape this awesome novel. He is the last person I envisaged. If Beef is in it, it will suck.

  • March 18, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Helveticabold is a tit.

    by LordBond

    "Your story is only as good as your ending -- you MUST know this." You clearly know nothing. Study writing and you will realise this.

  • March 18, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Blasphemy

    by Dave

    The words "good casting" should never be spoken in reference to Shia LeBeouf. He's awful.

  • March 18, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    To Hell and back in a shopping cart.

    by oldnik

    I have to concur with the casting, as the role demands somekind of everyday Joe, someone who lives in the shadow of his brother, Shia definitely fits the bill, being neither tall dark and handsome to be the traditional leading man, or being an A-lister you expect to deliver the goods. I hope the rest of the cast are as well cast. I thought Horns was a pretty solid read, while not being up there with his Dad's best stuff, I enjoyed the ride.

  • March 18, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Loved Horns...

    by BangoSkank

    I hope they do it justice. It certainly wasn't a traditional horror story, and I'm not even sure it should be shoe-horned into the genre, but a great read all the same.

  • March 18, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I'm just glad one of Hill's properties are getting a green light

    by Detective_Fingerling

    I love his stuff. I will agree with whoever up there said he can't write an ending, although the journey is almost always great. Horns was a very unique book and I can't wait to see the horns get used to bring out people's deep, dark secrets. Now if only Locke & Key could get made into a TV series...

  • March 18, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I thought I read somewhere that Locke & Key is being

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    developed as a series...or at least a pilot for Fox.

  • March 18, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks for telling us what HORNS is about Nordling.

    by D.Vader

    A good report would have done so.

  • March 18, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    lordbond, I'm sure you're an expert...

    by HelveticaBOLD

    However, I am a professional writer and artist. I make my living telling stories, and have done so for the better part of two decades. I've worked in comics, film, television and prose in that time, and I've done so on two continents. My work has been translated into multiple languages, and is available for purchase at your local grocery store. I daresay I know what I'm talking about. Joe Hill is in the habit of introducing fantastic concepts in his work, but without a satisfying explanation for the existence of those concepts, they become hollow offerings. Neither Horns nor Heart Shaped Box resolved in a satisfying manner -- despite their engaging subject matter -- and this is a profound and fundamental failure for any writer. Writing is about tension and release, and with no release to be found, Hill leaves the reader unsatisfied. His father's most recent novels have been similarly weak when it comes to endings, the jewel in that particular crown being "Cell", a spectacular exercise in literary blueballs if ever there were one. Take the 're-imagined' Battlestar Galactica TV show, or Lost: these were both highly regarded, award-winning shows that, episode after episode, gave us new reasons to ask "how did THAT happen?" or "what does THAT mean?" -- and then both shows, somewhat notoriously, seemed to decide that the audience didn't really want the answers to those questions, so they either simply didn't answer them, or else the answer they provided was too easy. This pissed people off, but it was too late for their anger to do any damage, since the shows were no longer on the air. Perhaps Joe Hill will find his niche writing genre TV in a similar vein -- he already has a cult of personality building around him, and he could certainly steer a TV show into production with the clout he's built in the last few years (not to mention that of his father) -- this way, he'd never have to write an ending, and he'd be assured the accolades he rightly deserves for his facility at writing beginnings and middles. Anyway, please feel free to tell me all about the study of writing -- I'm content to practice it, myself.

  • March 18, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Do you write romance novels helveticabold?

    by Frank Conniff

    What is your nom de plume? Victoria Stratford?

  • March 19, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    jeez... still havn't read Heart Shaped Box

    by Smack_Teddy

    i hope its more psychologically affecting than frank cottons posts

  • March 19, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Just say no to the LeBeouf

    by michael krakomberger

    Just ignore him and maybe he'll go away.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    A little introduction to who, what, where, why

    by Teddy Artery

    might help, Author Of This Story. I have no frickin' idea who Joe Hill is, or what "Horns" is, for that matter. Lay the groundwork, dammit.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    SMACK_TEDDY

    by frank cotton

    ha ha ha - i thought HEART SHAPED BOX

  • March 20, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    SMACK_TEDDY

    by frank cotton

    ha ha ha - i thought HEART-SHAPED BOX was great, altho i don't remember the ending, so i can't say either way on that. but, i bet my writing is, at the least, better edited than, most, who post, here...

  • March 21, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    do you cover Rocket Man & Mr. Tambourine Man too Frank?

    by Smack_Teddy

    geeks would love you at weddings

  • March 21, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    or Prince William & Kate's, who knows?

    by Smack_Teddy

  • May 5, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    My Casting Call...

    by Neurotica

    Personally, I think James Franco, Anton Yelchin, or Casey Affleck would be better matches for the role of Ig Perrish, not to mention Joseph Gordon Levitt. Based on what I've seen with him, I just don't think Shia has the same gravitas or edginess that the aforementioned actors have. For the character of Merrin, I can see Emma Stone. Personally, for the role of Lee, I think it would be cool to see Charlie Hunnam play the heavy, Lee. That's just my take.