We already know that New Jersey is home to many television and film productions.
Now, local Garden State lore is heading to television.
Rest assured, they keep it weird.
A scripted TV series on the way is inspired by characters and legends from Weird NJ magazine, reports Deadline.
Sony Pictures Television purchased the screen rights to the semi-annual magazines and associated franchise, and produced the horror-comedy series.
Writer Kieran Valla (“Little Demon”), producer David Kaufmann – who grew up in Jersey reading Weird NJ – and Vertigo Entertainment are making a live-action show described as centering on “an estranged family who are forced by the fate of protect New Jersey from evil”… “‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ meets ‘Stranger Things’, but it’s all set in Jersey.”
Marc Moran and Marc Sceurman started Weird NJ as a newsletter in 1989 before turning it into a magazine in 1992. The publication has become a repository of all the state’s wonderfully quirky and offbeat local legends and a kind of alternative travel guide.
Abandoned institutions, macabre walkways, tunnels, sewers and other sites of popular curiosity were explored, with dispatches coming in from all corners of the Garden State.
The next fall/winter issue of the magazine is the 59th.
Bloomfield’s Sceurman and Livingston’s Moran have also published Weird NJ books, hosted the History Channel’s “Weird US” series in 2005, and the Travel Channel series “Paranormal Caught on Camera” in 2019 and 2020.
This upcoming Sony series – Valla is writing the pilot and Kaufmann is producing – will use the magazine’s New Jersey stories and real Jersey locations in combination with original characters.
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