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 official details for two of Wes Craven's projects that are currently in development at Syfy.
We Are All Completely Fine, based on the book by Daryl Gregory, tells the story of an enigmatic psychologist, Dr. Jan Sayer, who gathers survivors of five horror movie scenarios in a support group - and unwittingly unlocks the evils of her patients' pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they uncover which monsters they face are within... and which are lurking in plain sight. Wes Craven is attached to write the script, and has signed on to direct the pilot. Craven, Ben Smith & Jeffrey M. Weiner from Captivate Entertainment, and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment will executive produce.
The People Under the Stairs is based on Wes Craven's classic 1991 film of the same name. When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate. It is a contemporary Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror. Craven, Shep Gordon from Alive Productions, Michael Reisz, and Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment are set to executive produce. The project will be written by Michael Reisz (Shadowhunters, Unforgettable).
Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content at Syfy, had this to say in a statement.
"At Syfy, we're working with the most iconic names in the genre, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with Wes Craven and UCP on these initial projects."
Other projects UCP is developing with Craven include Disciples, which is set in the near future where the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe colonizing moons throughout the solar system. One colonist, McCauley Richmond, has built a new society on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, where his flocks of cultists worship him. Three "deep-space" private eyes have been hired by a high-ranking Senator to venture out to Ganymede and retrieve his teenage daughter who's been brainwashed into joining Richmond's cult. Wes Craven will executive produce along with Steve Niles, who wrote the original graphic novel. Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz and Sara Bottfeld are attached to executive produce.
Wes Craven joins UCP's rapidly growing catalog of accomplished producing partnerships that have bolstered its genre slate, including: Dreadstar with BenderSpink, Night Mary with IDW Entertainment, Five Ghosts with Black Mask Studios, and overall deals with Gale Anne Hurd and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions. Craven is repped by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham. Michael Reisz is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and attorney Jason Hendler of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P.