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Acclaimed indie director Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) may have found his next slow-burning horror story...in bed. Deadline is reporting that West has been hired to write a big-screen adaptation of the 2011 novel Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters, best known for his hit "mashup" book Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
There's no word on whether West will also direct the film, but Bedbugs certainly seems to be right up his alley, described by its publisher as "light on gore but heavy on menace and dread" and as "an understated horror story filled with loving references to Rosemary's Baby and other classic tales of urban paranoia." The official description from Quirk Books is as follows:
Alex and Susan Wendt are the perfect couple in search of the perfect brownstone -- and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric, and the handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the previous tenants. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up! Big mistake: Susan soon discovers that the brownstone is crawling with bedbugs...Or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. Exterminators search the property and turn up nothing. Neighbors insist the building is clean. Susan fears that she's going mad -- but as the mysteries deepen, a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from hell.
Sounds a bit like the 2007 William Friedkin flick Bug, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.