Clown in a Cornfield: New Slasher Film in the Works from Smile Producers

There’s more horror to come from the team behind Smile. With the hit horror film performing well with critics and at the box office, it has been announced (via Deadline) that the producers have now set their sights on developing Clown in a Cornfield. The plan is for Protagonist to sell the film at the American Film Market in Los Angeles. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment are producing while Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Little Evil) is on board to direct.

Carter Blanchard is penning the script, though Clown in a Cornfield is based on the novel of the same name by Adam Cesare. The acclaimed book had a sequel, dubbed Clown in a Cornfield II: Frendo Lives, published in August with plans for another book on the way. While there may be some differences with the feature film adaptation, you can get an idea of what the film will be like by reading the official description for Clown in a Cornfield below.


“Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.”

Clown in a Cornfield Isn’t for Those With Coulrophobia


“We love Eli Craig’s brand of scary fun and are thrilled to be working with him on this terrifying slasher adaptation that is both timely and timeless,” a statement written by Temple Hill says of the film’s director.

Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop added, “Nostalgia driven, elevated horrors that deliver on the promise of the genre – thrilling action, heart-stopping suspense and deeply satisfying endings – continue to dominate at the global box office. Our friends at Temple Hill are masters of taking this critical formula and creating wholly original stories that surprise, delight and gratify audiences and Eli is the perfect visionary to bring this special project to its full potential.”

Clown in a Cornfield does not yet have a release date. Meanwhile, the producers continue to ride the wave of Smile’s success. Even with Halloween Ends in theaters, Smile has managed to hold its own with positive reviews and word of mouth leading to more horror fans watching the movie. Clown in a Cornfield is another horror story with an interesting concept, though time will tell if it does just as well or better than what’s been happening with Smile.