20 items from 2015
Mayday lives in the underbelly of the Hollywood scene, where a washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across La and bring on Armageddon. As our damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, they begin to wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy… Probably both.
The project marts Black Mask’s latest foray into TV, joining the adaptations of Steve Niles andChristopher Mittens’ The Disciples in development with Wes Craven at Universal Cable Productions and Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham’s Five Ghosts in development with Ucp and BenderSpink at Syfy where Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Gary Collinson
Wes Craven is keeping busy on the small screen front. He's executive producing MTV's Scream TV series (debuting June 30th) and now it's been revealed that Craven has agreed to a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and has two horror TV series adaptations in the works at Syfy.
According to Variety, Craven is working to adapt both his 1991 film, The People Under the Stairs, and Daryl Gregory's novel, We Are All Completely Fine, as respective TV series for the Syfy network.
Michael Reisz will write and executive produce The People Under the Stairs pilot, which is "described as a contemporary “Downton Abbey” meets “Amityville Horror,” “People Under the Stairs” focuses on centuries-old horrors discovered deep within an estate after a girl goes missing." Craven, Shep Gordon (who also executive produced the 1991 film with Craven) from Alive Productions, as well as Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment, will also executive produce the project. »
- Derek Anderson
Beloved horror filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes II, Scream) is working with Universal Cable Productions to produce content for NBCUniversal and affiliated networks, Deadline reports. At Syfy, Craven is set to write and direct author Daryl Gregory’s dark fiction We Are All Completely Fine. Gregory’s story is about an experimental psychologist with a support group for survivors of “horror-movie” scenarios. As one might expect, the group therapy sessions stir up old demons and traumas. This story is an exploration of harm, damage, and survival, and it crosses fantasy, horror, and mystery genres. All of this make it ideal for Craven’s innovative and imaginative horror style.
Also at Syfy, Craven will executive produce a series adaption of his 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs. In the 1991 film, a young unfortunate boy gets trapped inside the home of his family’s evil »
- Max Wood
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.
"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."
Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.
"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."
Take a look at the »
Craven will executive produce a pilot based on an updated version The People Under the Stairs.
Two other projects are also in development from Craven and cable channel Syfy.
Also in development is a television version of Daryl Gregory's Nebula Award-winning book We Are All Completely Fine, about a psychiatrist extracting horrific secrets from her dangerous parents.
Craven is also currently producing MTV's television series Scream, »
Horror kingpin Wes Craven has scared up several new projects, inking a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions that includes developing a television adaptation of his 1991 movie “The People Under the Stairs” and the Daryl Gregory novel “We Are All Completely Fine” for Syfy, Variety has learned.
“Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming, and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”
Ucp exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead announced the deal Monday, adding that it will focus on creating scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks.
“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,” said Olmstead.
“At Syfy, we’re working with the most iconic names in the genre, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Horror aficionado Wes Craven is teaming with Syfy for a crop of new projects, including the re-imagining of a Craven classic.
First up is a small-screen adaptation of Craven’s 1991 movie The People Under the Stairs, the story of the “centuries-old horrors” discovered at the Robeson Family Manor following the disappearance of a young woman. Craven will executive-produce the pilot, which is being described as a cross between Downton Abbey and The Amityville Horror.
Also being developed at Syfy is We Are All Completely Fine, based on Daryl Gregory’s book of the same name, »
Andrew Newton reviews Zombies vs Robots #3…
“Inherit the Earth!,” part 3! Space-faring humans have returned to Earth to find it still dead but crawling with oddly sentient zombies, robots and… Mermen! Finally! Also: Niles and Mayerik continue to help rebuild the mythos in unexpected ways!
Issue 3 of Zombies vs Robots is now available and part 3 of ‘Inherit the Earth’ finds humanity finally returning to the surface of Earth and making a big splash….literally but what are the thoughts of those who lurk beneath the waves? What is the robots current role in the events beginning to unfold? Chris Ryall performs excellently with his alternative zombie apocalypse storyline.
In the second story of this issue, titled ‘Of Metal and Bone’, a young boy comes across an old warbot and decides to spend the night. The simple art style by Ashley Wood in this tale is very appealing and only disappointing in »
- Andrew Newton
Horror maestros Wes Craven (Scream) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) are joining forces for a TV adaptation of Black Mask’s upcoming comic book series The Disciples, which is being produced by Universal Cable Productions.
Created by Niles and Christopher Mitten (Umbral), The Disciples has been described as “True Detective in space” and is a sci-fi/horror story about a team of interstellar private eyes tracking down a girl who’s run off to join a cult on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.”
Here’s the solicitation for The Disciples #1, which is released on May 27th…
Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious religious cult.
- Gary Collinson
Wes Craven has recently been involved with turning the Scream franchise into a TV series with MTV. It appears he’s ready to stay with small screen projects for a new gig, partnering with 30 Days Of Night co-creator Steve Niles to bring his new title The Disciples to a wider world.Niles has created the comic – due to hit stores in May – with artist Christopher Mitten. It follows a team of interstellar private eyes trying to track down a young woman who has run off to join a cult on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter. Suffice to say, things do not go well, with publishers Black Mask Studios comparing the story to True Detective.Universal Cable Productions is behind the effort to produce the new show, with Craven set as executive producer but not yet involved as writer or director yet, though that could change if the project moves forward. »
Back in October of last year we got the early details on Steve Niles’ upcoming sci-fi/horror comic The Disciples, and now word has come that it’s potentially heading to the small screen via Universal Cable Productions with Wes Craven attached… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
The story follows three bounty hunters who've been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious and ultra-wealthy religious cult who are living on the moon of Ganymede. When they arrive there, they learn something has gone horribly wrong.
Iconic horror director Wes Craven will team with Niles on a TV series adaptation of the property which Black Mask Studios publishes in May. Craven will executive produce but is not writing or directing at this stage. Niles, Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz will also executive produce.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven is teaming up with comic book author Steve Niles to bring an adaptation of The Disciples to the small screen. Universal Cable Productions is currently in the process of picking up the rights to Steve Niles' The Disciples, which won't be published until May from Black Mask Studios. If Universal Cable Productions does pick up the rights to this comic, it is unclear what network it may land at, but a safe bet would likely be Syfy, which is controlled by NBC Universal.
The Disciples centers on three private detectives/bounty hunters named Dagmar, Rick and Jules, who have been hired by a powerful Senator to find his daughter, after she ran away to join a dangerous cult, known as The Disciples. The cult members are made up of the elite and wealthy, who have begun colonizing other moons throughout the solar system. The »
Steve Niles’ upcoming Black Mask Studios comic The Disciples has been acquired by Universal Cable Productions with plans for a series executive produced by horror master Wes Craven. As of now, Craven is listed as executive producer on the developing project, with no word as to writing or directing if it comes to fruition. Niles. who…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Black Mask Studios is bringing more comics-focused entertainment to YouTube. The media and publication company has launched its own official YouTube channel, and is working on releasing five new original web series in the near future.
Black Mask was founded in 2012 by filmmaker Matt Pizzolo, Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz, and horror writer Steve Niles. The three founders were inspired to start Black Mask by the “Occupy Comics” project, which aimed to raise money through comics to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“It put a light on how difficult it was to get out comics with a message in them,” Pizzolo said to The New York Times.
And Black Mask’s upcoming web series certainly have unique messages in them. Liberator, for example, is a story about vigilante animal welfare activists, and Five Ghosts follows an adventurer who is possessed by five literary characters. The upcoming projects are either »
- Bree Brouwer
A press release went out this week announcing the new comic book publishing division of Famous Monsters! We are incredibly excited about this development and hope our readers will follow us to the paneled page.
March 3, 2015. Los Angeles, CA: Famous Monsters, the world’s longest-running entertainment fan magazine (est. 1958), announces that in 2015 it will expand its publishing division into original comic books.
Far from being a departure, comics have long been a part of FM’s history. In the 60s and 70s, the magazine shared the Warren imprint alongisde several monumentally influential black and white imprints: Creepy, Eerie, and founding FM Editor Forrest J Ackerman’s very own Vampirella. In recent years, FM has dedicated multiple pages of every issue to articles about current comic book creators and their projects. The comic medium is naturally conducive to Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, and all the themes that Famous Monsters prides itself in covering. »
- Holly Interlandi
Welcome to another horror round-up! Hannibal fans have a big guest star to look forward to seeing in season three, the legendary Famous Monsters magazine is expanding with a comic book division, American Gothic Press, and Cinedigm and Wizard World have cult shows, beloved classics, and plenty of new content for viewers to enjoy with their just-launched CONtv digital network.
Hannibal Season 3: Entertainment Weekly reports that Zachary Quinto will star in a minimum of one episode in the upcoming third season of NBC's Hannibal. Quinto (NBC's The Slap, Spock in Star Trek: Into Darkness, American Horror Story: Asylum, Heroes) will play a "patient of Bedelia’s (Gillian Anderson)."
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was revealed in late January that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, a familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris' books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, »
- Derek Anderson
New York Toy Fair 2015 is happening February 14-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Dark Horse Comics has revealed a new bust of Criminal Macabre’s Cal McDonald that they’ll be unveiling at the big show. Steve Niles’… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Andrew Newton reviews Zombies vs Robots #1…
Zombies vs Robots #1 from Idw is a new take on the zombie apocalypse theme. Created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, this series brings us a world where humanity has all but been destroyed. This issue brings us 3 stories set in this brilliant and imaginative world.
The main story titled ‘Inherit the Earth’, written by Chris Ryall and with art by Anthony Diecidue, introduces us to our barren world, a world where the remnants of our cities and towns lay empty but for the hordes of zombies. Exploring this world are robots but what will they find and what are their intentions?
Secondly, ‘Tales of ZvR’ is a very short feature of one of Earth’s last remaining humans looking for his father. The artwork by Ashley Wood is very simply done but works tremendously well with the story itself.
Finally, Part 1 of our »
- Andrew Newton
Zombies vs. Robots #1
Illustrated by Anthony Diecidue, Ashley Wood, Val Mayerick
Zombies are dead but haven’t stopped moving yet. Just like zombie fiction
Enter Idw’s new, ongoing Zombies vs. Robots series, which places the same old zombies onto a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth that’s under observation by extra-terrestrial intelligence. It’s zombies….in the fuuutuuuure! That the Walkers are arriving en masse from another time stream by way of a portal left open when the nukes fell is the closest it comes to innovating. The zoms are also developing intelligence, which would be novel, but for the fact that George A. Romero, father of all that has come since Night of the Living Dead, covered that rather well a decade ago with Land of the Dead.
- Steven Fouchard
20 items from 2015
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