Weird NJ was first published in 1993 and is a popular travel guide to places that can’t be found on a tourist map. The magazines focus on weird, odd, or unique places, with stories told by native New Jerseyans. Meanwhile, through their work, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have revealed New Jersey’s untold history and fascinating folklore. Now, a new, live-action horror-comedy series will be based on their stories.
Weird NJ coming to Sony Pictures Television
Reportedly, Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Moran and Sceurman’s Weird NJ magazines for development as a live-action horror-comedy series. Behind the scenes will be Little Demon co-creator Kieran Valla and a New Jersey native filmmaker, David Kaufman and Vertigo Entertainment.
The episodes will be based on Moran and Sceurman’s magazines. According to their official website, Weird NJ is Your Travel Guide to New Jersey’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets.”
About the comedy-horror series
Meanwhile, the series will tell the story of an estranged family, forced by destiny to protect New Jersey from evil. However, to do so, they must battle a supernatural adversary who is planning to destroy the Garden State and the world.
It was Vertigo Entertainment that first brought the project to Sony Pictures Television, along with a unique story developed by Valla and Kaufmann. Meanwhile, the series will use the Weird NJ true-life mythology and legends, along with original characters to create a scripted horror-comedy show. Moreover, the series will highlight the fascinating haunted places and back roads of New Jersey.
Behind the scenes of Weird NJ
According to Deadline, the pilot script will be penned by Valla and Kaufmann, who grew up reading the magazines. They will act as executive producers via the Devonsheer Media banner. Moreover, Roy Lee and Aengus McLoone will also executive produce for Vertigo.
Meanwhile, Valla isn’t a stranger in the horror-comedy field, as he has directed original pilots for Comedy Central and TBS. In fact, he recently co-wrote a comedy pilot for Hulu and also co-created the animated comedy series Little Demon. That series, starring Danny Devito and Aubrey Plaza, debuts on FX on August 25, 2022.
As for Kaufman, he is also busy developing a feature film about the life of Jutta Kleinschmidt. Apparently, Kleinschmidt is known for being the only woman to ever win the Dakar Rally.
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