The master of suspense, Wes Craven, seems to be shifting his dark and sadistic creative energies away form the big screen and onto TV. First it was MTV's adaptation of of his convention-conscious meta horror flick Scream, now it's Universal's serialized take on Craven's haunted house classic, The People Under the Stairs.
Deadline reports that the prolific director signed a first look deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop programs for NBC and the other networks. Kicking off this new partnership are two majorly horrific projects: The People Under the Stairs and an adaptation of Daryl Gregory's psychological novel titled 'We Are All Completely Fine.'
The People Under the Stairs
Though Wes has stated his involvement with the Scream TV series was minimal, the horror visionary will be taking a more active role in the development of TPUTS, stepping up as executive producer. If you've yet to see it, here's the synopsis:
When young Fool breaks into the home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he discovers a disturbing scenario where incestuous adult siblings have mutilated a number of boys and kept them imprisoned under stairs in their large, creepy house. As Fool attempts to flee before the psychopaths can catch him, he meets their daughter, Alice, who has been spared any extreme discipline by her deranged parents.
It's a pretty messed up premise, though I'm curious as to how they'll stretch it out for TV.
We Are All Completely Fine
Shifting focus, Daryl Gregory's novel follows Dr. Jan Sayer, a psychologist who uncovers the evils of her severely disturbed patients' past.
Craven is taking even more of an active role in this adaptation, currently signed up to direct the pilot as well as write the script. I can't wait to see what he does with this one!
It's interesting to see the director interested in working with a more serialized structure - I'm sure we're in for some nail-biting TV. With these two enticing projects in the works, there's never been a better time to be a Craven fan.