If you’ve been to an IKEA, you know what a nightmare it can be.
From the screams (somebody please get that child some meatballs!), the cries (who knew you could break up over a couch color?), and the fact that there really is no way out (it’s a maze in there!), the Swedish furniture store really could be inspiration for a horror story.
And it looks like it just might be.
A new TV show called "Horrorstör" is being developed for Fox, and while the show centers around the U.S. flagship of a European furniture superstore called ORSK, we can’t help but see some major similarities with IKEA.
The supernatural dramedy, which is being written and produced by Josh Schwartz of "The O.C." fame, is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Grady Hendrix. In the book, employees of the store notice that every morning there are broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes, but the security footage reveals nothing. So, three brave workers volunteer to stay the night to unravel the mystery. And we thought putting furniture together was scary — shudder!
According to Deadline, the show will center around 26-year-old Amy who gets a job at the store, but soon discovers that it “actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.”
It’s kind of genius, considering what we wouldn’t give to find the perfect inexpensive wardrobe or closet organizer.
Along with Schwartz, Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire are also producing. No word on timing for the series, but in the meantime you can read the book for all your furniture store scares.