Blake Lively to Star in Netflix Adaptation of Reddit Psychological Thriller ‘We Used to Live Here’


June 04, 2021

By Kat Lincks

Netflix is currently in the process of acquiring the story rights to “We Used to Live Here,” a short four-part psychological thriller originally posted on r/NoSleep, a subreddit where redditors can “share their scary personal experiences” in a way that makes it feel like the stories actually happened. The novella was written by Marcus Kliewer, known on Reddit as the user Polterkites. According to Deadline, Blake Lively will both produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation. 

Lively will produce alongside Kate Vorhoof through Lively’s B for Effort banner, Scott Glassgold from Ground Control Entertainment, Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan from 6th and Idaho, and Dan Kagan. This serves as Lively’s most recent collaboration with Netflix, since she has just signed onto Netflix’s “Lady Killer,” based on the Dark Horse Comic series, and another thriller “The Husband’s Secret,” based upon the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name. Lively is set to produce and star in both of those upcoming adaptations. 

“We Used to Live Here” follows the story of a new homeowner, Eve, who is interrupted by a “1950’s sitcom” looking family of four knocking at her door while her live-in girlfriend is away at work. The father, without introducing himself, tells her that he grew up in this house and asks if he can show his family around. However, things take a turn for the weird when the unwanted visitors become stranded in a snowstorm and start to make themselves right at home, moving in furniture and even rearranging. They eventually refuse to leave. Poor Eve winds up questioning her own sanity, wishing she had never opened the door in the first place.

This isn’t the first time that Netflix has recruited talented writers or purchased stories for adaptations from the NoSleep community. Matt Query’s eerie rural tale “My Wife and I Bought a Ranch” originated on Reddit’s NoSleep forum and is set to become a Netflix movie. Rebecca Klingel, author of “Borrasca,” a chilling series written on NoSleep, was recruited by Mike Flanagan when her story went viral to write for the Netflix tv show “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Bly Manor.”

On Thursday, the author of “We Used to Live Here”posted on his subreddit r/MetaPolterkites, which is dedicated to exclusive lore updates and “anything else related to the Polterkites expanded universe.” Kliewer wrote, “I'm a bit shell-shocked, so I'll keep this relatively short… Firstly I want to thank my readers… Second, I want to thank Reddit, the Nosleep community at large, all the readers who have given story feedback before release.” He also added that “This was not an overnight success. I’ve been writing since I was a kid and writing nosleep stories on and off through various accounts since 2014.”