The six-part Candle Cove, the first installment of Channel Zero, is based on an unnerving tale written by Kris Straub that gained notoriety online as a popular “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the internet). Candle Cove centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
“Craig is a gifted young film director whose cinematic vision will bring a unique perspective to Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Macneill’s feature debut The Boy, for Chiller Films, premiered in competition at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. It’s based on Macneill’s short film Henley, which screened as an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Macneill is repped by WME and The Gotham Group.
Macneill is the latest indie filmmaker Syfy has tapped to direct its high profile projects. Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Esposados) will direct the pilot of Prototype; Mike Cahill (Another Earth) helmed The Magicians pilot, and David and Alex Pastor (Los Ultimos Dias) directed the Incorporated pilot.
Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday the 13th, Teen Wolf) wrote the Channel Zero: Candle Cove pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The second, yet-to-be announced six-episode season of Channel Zero will premiere on Syfy in 2017.