Paramount has picked up a script by Mark Carter, based on the satirical 1996 David Prill novel Serial Killer Days, set in a town that celebrates the annual arrival of a serial killer with a parade and a pageant, according to Heat Vision.

"The macabre sense of humor was very Charles Addams-ish," Mark Carter recalls.

Dan Dubiecki also worked on the script, and shopped it to Paramount. Mark Carter will write a new draft with an eye to direct.

"I hope to deliver the expected genre conventions but do it in an idiosyncratic, richly layered and unexpected world," says Mark Carter. "There will also be lots of blood."

No production date has been set.