Newswire: Fox picks up “horror dramedy” pilot from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz

Smushing together genres the way he once crammed together holidays for “The Best Chrismukkah Ever,” The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz has brought a new “horror dramedy” about a potentially haunted IKEA-ripoff to his old friends at Fox. The new show, Horrorstör, is based on a novel by writer Grady Hendrix, which imaginatively combines a catalog for Swedish big box furniture store “ORSK” with a tale about three employees who spend the night there to discover the root of a series of mysterious disturbances.

Schwartz is reuniting for a series-length adaptation of the book with producer Gail Berman, who helped him become the youngest series creator in Hollywood history when she greenlit The O.C. during her tenure as entertainment president for Fox. Berman’s Jackal Group picked up the rights to Horrorstör after writer and director Charlie Kaufman brought the book to her attention. (Kaufman is an executive producer …

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