EXCLUSIVE: Horror master Jason Blum has teamed with producer-director Tony Krantz (NBC’s Dracula) and Endemol Studios (Hell On Wheels) for a horror/sci-fi/thriller anthology drama. It has been set up at NBC with a script-to-series commitment; upon script approval, the project would receive a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The stories will be inspired by true events, and in the vein of The Twilight Zone, each episode will be stand-alone. Blum and Krantz executive produce; horror-writing quartet Radio Silence (Chad Villella, Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Justin Martinez) are attached to write.
Krantz had been developing another project, international medical disaster drama MDX, with Endemol Studios, working with the studio’s CEO Philippe Maigret and EVP Creative Affairs Jeremy Gold. Meanwhile, Charlie Corwin, Co-chairman and Co-CEO, Endemol North America, has a longstanding relationship with Blum, so the three Endemol execs helped get Blum and Krantz together and hatch the series. For production, the company plans to employ an approach similar to the microbudget model pioneered by Blum’s production company Blumhouse in features.
Three-year-old Endemol Studios, the scripted studio operation under Endemol North America, has a slate of more than 30 projects in development including Endemol formats, third-party formats and originals. In addition to Hell On Wheels (co-produced by Entertainment One), now in its fourth season on AMC and likely to be renewed for a fifth, Endemol has upcoming drama series Kingdom on DirecTV.
Blumhouse, the company behind micro-budget film franchises Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister, has been ramping up its television business. It produced the ABC drama series The River and the Syfy reality series Stranded and co-produced the Emmy-winning The Normal Heart. The company is in production on the Syfy miniseries Ascension, MTV drama series Eye Candy and WE tv drama series South Of Hell. Blumhouse’s development slate includes a Son of Sam miniseries at Fox TV Studios, Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects with eOne and an unscripted show with Mike Darnell. The company is with CAA and John Diemer.
TV networks have been trying to bring the horror anthology genre back with such recent entries as Masters Of Horror on Showtime and Fear Itself on NBC.