Craven Signs Multi-Show Developmental Deal. Iconic horror movie director, Wes Craven has inked a first look deal with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) to develop scripted projects for NBCUniversal and external networks. Under the deal, Craven and UCP have begun working on two projects for SyFy. The first will be an adaptation of Daryl Gregory’s book, We Are All Completely Fine, and the second one set to be based on the 1991 film, The People Under the Stairs (with Craven writing and directing). Craven and UCP are also working on a drama project called Disciples, based on an upcoming graphic novel by Steve Niles.
UCP EVP Dawn Olmstead had this to say about the deal,
Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We’re thrilled to be working with him and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television.
We Are All Completely Fine Breakdown:
We Are All Completely Fine tells the story of Dr. Jan Sayer, an enigmatic psychologist who gathers survivors of five horror-movie scenarios in a support group – and unwittingly unlocks the evils of her patients’ pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they uncover which monsters they face are within — and which are lurking in plain sight. Craven is attached to write the script, and has signed on to direct the potential pilot. Craven, Ben Smith & Jeffrey Weiner from Captivate Entertainment, and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment executive produce.
The People Under The Stairs Breakdown:
The People Under The Stairs is described as a contemporary Downton Abbey meets The Amityville Horror. When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate. Michael Reisz (Shadowhunters) will write the adaptation and will executive produce with Craven, Shep Gordon from Alive Productions, and Tracey Murray and Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment.
Disciples is a sci-fi horror story set in the near future where the ultra-wealthy have become true masters of the universe, colonizing moons throughout the solar system. One colonist, McCauley Richmond, has built a new society on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, where his flocks of cultists worship him. Three “deep space” private eyes have been hired by a high-ranking senator to venture out to Ganymede and retrieve his teenage daughter, who’s been brainwashed into joining Richmond’s cult. Craven will executive produce with Niles as well as Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz and Bottfeld.
As much as I look forward to having an even wider variety of “genre” shows on television, I am increasingly wary of any property that pimp the name of a renowned “master of horror” in the title. I’ve been burned more than once by movies, TV shows and video games featuring Stephen King or Clive Barker in the title.
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