In an exclusive, Deadline reports the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” is being developed for a television show for FX. Gennifer Hutchison, who’s currently an Executive Producer of “Better Call Saul”, will adapt the podcast for television via Sony Pictures Television. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Night Vale, will serve as executive producers on the series.
“We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, there will be plenty of time to become acquainted with “Welcome to Night Vale” before the television series begins. Night Vale revolves around the quirky town of Night Vale as narrated by community radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer, with a revolving cast of characters. You’ll quickly learn why you should stay out of the town’s dog park, why librarians should be avoided, and why being a radio station intern may be the most dangerous profession in Night Vale.
This week we’ll be recapping the first five episodes of STRANGER THINGS Season 2, so there won’t be time for any news on the next recording. However, you can get your horror news fix right here…
- In an exclusive report Variety reveals Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, writers of “The Conjuring”, are teaming up with producer Joel Silver for an original horror film.
- The film adaption of Nickelodeon’s 1990s horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” is set for an October 11, 2019 release date. Matt Kaplan is producing with “IT” co-writer Gary Dauberman on board to tackle the script.
- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded Best Cinematography to Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water.” The film also scored Sally Hawkins a Best Actress win, and Guillermo del Toro shared the Best Director win with Luca Guadagnino for “Call Me by Your Name.” Jordan Peele was also honored with Best Screenplay for “Get Out” to once again give the horror genre a strong showing at an awards ceremony.
- Andi Matichak has been cast in David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween film, in a role rumored to be the granddaughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode.
- A “World War Z” game is coming in 2018 from Saber Interactive and Paramount for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the reveal trailer below…
- Deadline is reporting André Øvredal, director of “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Trollhunter” has been hired to direct “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” at CBS Films.
- John Squires at Bloody Disgusting informs us “Victor Crowley”, the surprise fourth installment of Adam Green’s Hatchet franchise, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on February 6, 2018.
- Per The Hollywood Reporter CBS All Access has officially given their “The Twilight Zone” reboot a series order. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele will be one of the executive producers, and will collaborate on the premiere episode.
- Netflix will release the new season of “Black Mirror” on December 29th, 2017. Check out the trailers for the six episode 4th season over at Bloody Disgusting.
Here’s a quick Friday recap of the happenings in the Horror World this week:
- Netflix has announced their critically-acclaimed, crime drama series “Mindhunter” will return for a second season.
- A third season for Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has also been officially announced this morning.
- In a recent interview, with my old home town’s Charleston City Paper, Danny McBride talks about his desire to focus on a sense of dread and tension over gore and ultra-violence for the new Halloween film.
- Deadline reported Michael Green & Bryan Fuller exited the Starz series “American Gods” this week, rumored to be over a budget dispute for Season 2.
- Variety announced the FOX series “Ghosted”, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, has been picked up for six additional episodes and Paul Lieberstein is joining the show as the new executive producer and showrunner.
- While speaking with TimesTalks, Guillmero del Toro revealed his only real professional regret was declining an offer from Universal to take creative control over their Monsters in what would eventually become the “Dark Universe.”
- As first revealed during AMC’s “Talking Dead” this past Sunday night, Lennie James’ character Morgan will be crossing over from “The Walking Dead” to the spin-off “Fear The Walking Dead” in Season 4 of that series.
- Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have set January 11, 2019 as the release date for their “Hellboy” reboot. The film stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim with Neil Marshall as director.
- Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Williamson of “Scream” fame has made a straight-to-series order with CBS All-Access for “Tell Me A Story.” The concept is based off a show that aired on Spanish TV network Antena tres, from Marcos Osorio Vidal, Gustavo Malajovich and Hernan Goldfrid. “Tell Me A Story” will take familiar fairy tale characters and plots and twist them into a dark psychological horror-thriller.
- In an exclusive, Dread Central reported the documentary “The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday” will give us a look at the making of Adam Marcus’ “Jason Goes To Hell” just in time for that film’s 25th anniversary.
Be sure to check out our latest episode early next week, where we’ll touch on some of these news items and more.