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Directors who make their name with a horror movie often have trouble breaking out of the terror-tale genre. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent, who made a spine-tingling splash with her 2014 debut, The Babadook. The production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has announced that it has secured the rights to the non-fiction book, Alice + Freda Forever, and that Kent will adapt it for the big screen.

Alice + Freda Forever, which was written by Alexis Coe and published last year, concerns the romantic relationship between two young girls in late 19th-century Memphis, and the terrible consequences that ensue after they were banned from seeing each other.

“From the moment we saw The Babadook, working with Jennifer became not only a priority but a passion,” said Carla Hacken, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment president of production, in a statement. “The combination of her extraordinary talent, this amazing material, and such great producing partners in Sarah [Schechter] and Greg [Berlanti], makes this a very high priority for SKE.”

You can see a trailer for The Babadook, below.