Daniel Handler to Write Horror Film Based on Golem Legend for Leviathan – Deadline

Unique: Ben Cosgrove and Josh Foer’s Leviathan Productions has tapped Daniel Handler, the visionary behind the hit children’s book series a series of Unfortunate Eventsto write a contemporary horror film based on the Golem legend from Jewish folklore, which Cosgrove would produce.

Considered the Jewish Frankenstein, the story of the Golem is one of the most enduring legends from Jewish tradition, and has been the subject of many books and plays. The film updates the story, which first appeared in 15th-century Prague, to the present day, where a young woman on a college campus finds herself terrorized by a creature with a mysterious past.

Handler wrote a series of Unfortunate Events The books, under the pen name Lemony Snicket, saw him adapted into both a hit film from Paramount as well as a Peabody Award-winning Netflix series. has written books including basic eight, watch your mouth, How to Dress for Every Occasion by the Pope, adverb, why did we break up, we are pirates, all dirty parts And bottle groveSeeing Him, among other works, has sold over 70 million copies and been translated into 41 languages.

An independent production company founded by veteran producer Cosgrove and bestselling author Foer, Leviathan focuses on creating premium film and television content based on Jewish stories.

The company is currently looking into adapting Leonard Slater’s book. Oath – Centers on the true story of the men and women who led the underground effort in the United States before the War of Independence and transported planes to Israel – as well as the novel the secret chord About the Rise and Reign of King David of Israel by Pulitzer Prize Winner Geraldine Brooks.

Also in the works is playwright Anna Ziegler’s adaptation of her own award-winning play. photo 51, which starred Nicole Kidman during its run in the West End. That project tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the brilliant Jewish scientist who discovered the structure of DNA, only to see credit for her discovery taken by Watson and Crick.