In their latest collaboration, Syfy and Universal Cable Prods are teaming on horror anthology series Channel Zero from Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday The 13th). Antosca will pen the script and exec produce and Landis will produce and oversee creative direction with Antosca. Universal Cable Prods is the studio.
Each season of Channel Zero will focus on a new story. The first season of the series will be based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, a short story that originates from the user-generated Internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. It tells the story of a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s and the show’s role in a series of murders and one man’s dark secret.
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP of Development, Universal Cable Prods. “With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. I’m still haunted by the first episode. It’s a chilling immersive ride.”
Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content for Syfy, said, “Channel Zero: Candle Cove will feature contemporary storytelling and an innovative perspective that underscores Syfy’s commitment to bringing smart and provocative programming to a whole new generation of sci fi fans.”
“We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for Channel Zero: Candle Cove we’ve expanded this great short story Candle Cove into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal,” said Landis and Antosca. “We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.”
Channel Zero is the latest collaboration for UCP and Syfy, joining Childhood’s End, a miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which is being developed with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV; The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s popular trilogy; and Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs, based on the 1991 film; and We Are All Completely Fine, based on the book by Daryl Gregory.
Landis is repped by WME, Writ Large and attorney Howard Abramson. Antosca is with WME, Writ Large and attorney Lev Ginsburg.