Writer of Lanarkshire comics for the big screen with film adaptation

A Lanarkshire comic book writer is set to see one of his creations on the big screen following news of a new film adaptation.

Rutherglen’s John Lees penned the horror story Hotell in 2020, and the twisted tale has since spawned a sequel.

Now, AWA Studios has revealed plans to bring the story, centered on a mysterious roadside motel where heroes and villains must battle their demons, to the big screen.

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Elle Callahan, who previously directed horror films Head Count and Witch Hunt, has been lined up to direct and will also co-write the screenplay with Anthony Ruff.

The news was announced via Hollywood news site Deadline.

John said: “Hotell has been such a fun and rewarding comic to work on with Dalibor, Lee, Sal and the AWA team.

“The setting of Pierrot Courts functions as a canvas in which you can tell all sorts of different horror stories, from the harrowing to the comically dark, and introduce all sorts of different characters. It’s also a world ripe for new interpretations, and I’m so excited to see how Elle Callahan will bring our haunted hotel into the world of cinema.”

Hotell is being adapted for the big screen

Elle Callahan added: “I aim to tell stories that push the horror genre in new directions – and my plan for this piece involves a very unique approach to storytelling. This horror will feel too relatable and will hold you back without any doubt to sleep at night.”

The comic has been compared to classic TV show The Twilight Zone for its clever storylines and anthology format, with each issue focusing on a different character who has had the misfortune to discover the Pierrot Courts Hotel off the coast. famous American Route 66.

AWA Studios, which was formed by various former Marvel staffers, originally released the comic, but the company also launched a film and TV division last year.

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