In a surprising move, The Boogeyman is now moving from streaming to theaters. The news was announced by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. Per the outlet, The Boogeyman, which is an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King, will no longer debut exclusively on Hulu. Instead, it will go directly to theaters on June 3rd.
The decision comes after the film, which was directed by Rob Savage, had a strong test screening in December. Executives and producers seemed excited by the response and quickly decided to re-evaluate their plans for the project. They also got approval from King after showing the film to him. The movie was reportedly made for just $17 million and executives are hopeful that the film will perform like other low-budget horror titles, namely Smile, which was also originally set to be a streaming exclusive for Paramount+ before moving to theaters. That film went on to make $216 million at the worldwide box office.
The Boogeyman is based on a story that was included in King’s 1978 horror anthology, Night Shift. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who penned A Quiet Place, wrote the screenplay for Savage. The film stars Chris Messina, Sophie Thatcher, Vivien Lyra Blair, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, and Madison Hu.