The CW has tapped Spider-Man director Sam Raimi to bring his frightening abilities to network TV. Netlet has given an eight-episode order to 13, a nonscripted horror-themed show from Raimi and reality vet Jay Bienstock, which will broadcast this summer.
According to Variety, the tentatively titled 13 has been in the works for some time. "It sounded like a lot of fun," Bienstock said. "The idea of doing a horror/scary/reality show with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert -- there's nothing better."
With Bienstock in place, the show has been tweaked from its original premise (when it was called "House of Horrors"), but the goal is still the same: Utilize horror-themed challenges to knock players off one by one, until just one is left, having survived all that bloodshed.
Bienstock said that the horror franchises of his youth, such as Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, inspired him to devise the "13" setup. He's still finalizing some details, such as which classic horror setting: An evil small town? A lakeside retreat with a creepy secret? An abandoned cabin in the forest?
Casting is also under way to find the show's 13 contestants.
"We want to cast it like a horror movie," he said. "And shoot it a little differently as well. Think about those old movies -- we want to put people in a place like that, where they have to deal with their fears and anxieties. They'll end up surprising one another."