Neon acquired the rights to Josephine Decker’s Shirley after its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. Shirley won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking in Park City. Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man) stars as Shirley Jackson, the legendary horror author who penned The Haunting of Hill House. Sarah Gubbins penned the script for the film, based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s 2015 novel. It hits VOD and digital on June 5.
Shirley is set in the mid-1960s and centers on Rose (Odessa Young) and Fred (Logan Lerman), a couple that moves to a small Vermont college town in pursuit of a job for Fred as an assistant professor of literature. They receive an offer for free room and board from professor Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), as long as Rose agrees to spend time cleaning up the home and looking after his wife, acclaimed horror author Shirley Jackson (Moss). The ensuing psycho-drama becomes the inspiration for Jackson’s next work.