“American Horror Story” actor Dylan McDermott has announced that he has joined the cast of the upcoming Stephen King adaptation entitled, Mercy. McDermott is no stranger to the horror genre as he appeared in season one of FX’s “American Horror Story” and will appear in the season 2 as well.
Mercy is based on the short story, “Gramma” written by King in 1985 for the short story anthology “Skeleton Crew.” The short story was inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
The story was previously adapted for the small screen in an episode of “The New Twilight Zone” (written by Harlan Ellison), Mercy is the chilling tale, two young boys go with their single mother to visit their elderly, senile grandmother, whose name is Mercy. As events unravel; however; they learn that Gramma Mercy is a witch. Her powers are fueled by a pact with the Ancient Ones.
The Haunting in Connecticut’s Peter Cornwell will direct with Matt Greenberg providing the screenplay.
Jason Blum will produce via his Blumhouse Productions. That’s the same studio behind current hits, Paranormal Activity 4 and Sinister. Peter Cornwell of The Haunting in Connecticut will direct Mercy using a script from Matt Greenberg, whose previous work includes 1408.
Australian actress, Frances O’Connor is also attached to star. Chandler Riggs, most known for his role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has also been rumored to have signed on to play the main role of George Bruckner.