‘Scream’ Director Bringing More Scares to SyFy
Scream director Wes Craven is about to bring more scares to the small screen. The iconic filmmaker has signed on to develop two different horror shows for SyFy: the book-to-screen adaptation We Are All Completely Fine and the feature film-inspired The People Under the Stairs.
Based on Daryl Gregory’s 2014 novel of the same name, We Are All Completely Fine chronicles the story of mysterious psychologist Dr. Jan Sayer as she forms a support group for the survivors of five horror movie scenarios. As the memories of their traumas are brought back to the surface, it quickly becomes clear that Sayer may have unwittingly unlocked the evils of her patients’ pasts — and that the monsters they once faced are still present, both within themselves and in plain sight.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craven will write the script and direct the pilot. The director is also on board to executive produce alongside Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner (The Bourne Legacy), as well as Industry Entertainment’s Sara Bottfeld.
Craven will also help adapt one of his own works, the classic 1991 film The People Under the Stairs, to television. The movie follows as a search for a young woman who goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, which leads to the unveiling of centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate. The coming SyFy version of the story is described as “a contemporary Downton Abbey meets The Amityville Horror.”
Michael Reisz (Shadowhunters, Unforgettable) will pen the script and executive produce along with Craven and one of the original film’s producers, Shep Gordon from Alive Productions. Industry Entertainment’s Tracey Murray and Bottfeld will co-executive produce.
Per THR, both projects stem from a new overall deal between Craven and studio Universal Cable Productions.
SyFy has made a concentrated push back toward its Battlestar Galactica-style traditional sci-fi roots in recent years, with series like Dominion, Defiance, Helix and the recently renewed 12 Monkeys. Over the past few months, the channel has also been looking to diversify its slate with a slew of new projects, including the forthcoming Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-produced spy drama Incorporated, and the developing Superman origin story Krypton. Now, it seems it’s turning its attention to the horror genre, with help from Craven.
“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades,” Universal Cable Executive Vice President Dawn Olmstead said. “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.”
In addition to We Are All Completely Fine and The People Under the Stairs, Craven also has several other small-screen projects currently in the works. He’s set to executive produce the upcoming Disciples, a sci-fi horror TV series based on Steve Niles’s soon-to-be published graphic novel. That project, which is set in the near future, when the ultra-wealthy have become true masters of the universe, is also in development at Universal Cable Productions.
Craven is also serving as an executive producer on MTV’s much-discussed forthcoming adaptation of his classic 1996 film Scream. The network recently released the first trailer for the series, which is co-executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood), and Jaime Paglia (Arrow), and is set to premiere this summer.