Have you ever wondered what the blood-thirsty murderers that partake in the annual Purge do for the other 364 days a year? Wonder no more, as the website Den of Geek recently interviewed Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum, who divulged additional details on the upcoming television series based on the successful film franchise. The Purge series, scheduled to debut sometime in 2018, will focus on the characters during the year when they’re not purging and offers a fresh take on the story line laid out by the first three films (with a fourth movie in the can for next year).
According to the report, the network, “Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three-day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist‘s run could barely draw 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, the show couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.” read more
SYFY introduced their upcoming horror series “Ghost Wars” to a packed house at SDCC on Saturday evening. Joining the very full panel were stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Avan Jogia, Kandyse McClure, and Meat Loaf Aday. They were joined by creator/showrunner Simon Barry, writer/executive producer Dennis Heaton, and executive producer Chad Oakes.
The cast and creators let the audience know that “Ghost Wars” takes place in a remote Alaskan town called Port Moore. The town is very isolated, only accessible four months a year, and has a big ghost problem. Barry explained that he is a fan of horror from the 1970’s and 1980’s and is inspired by the likes of Sam Raimi and John Carpenter. This was evidenced in the trailer shown which was loaded with horror elements and tension between the characters. read more
Legendary writer/director/composer John Carpenter has recently inked a deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop his graphic novel Tales for a Halloween Night into a series for the SyFy channel according to Deadline.
Dawn Olmstead, executive VP of development for UCP said, “John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”
Carpenter is also developing with Nightside with UCP, a fantasy novel series by Simon R. Green. described as “the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine.” Nightside is being scripted by Jill Blotevogel of Scream: The TV Series. read more
Kevin Bacon has been talking about wanting to return to the world of Tremors in the form of a television series for over a year. Based on his recent, comments it sounds like this dream will soon become reality! He recently told Screen that Syfy has ordered a pilot episode for a planned eight episode series to be produced by Bacon and Jason Blum (Insidious, Split, Whiplash).
Here’s what Bacon had to say about the development:
“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy… It’s the only character I’ve ever played that I was interested in exploring 25 years later. It is a really good movie… I don’t go back and watch my movies but because we were doing this one, I had to go back and look at it. It’s just the idea of this loser who is living a very ordinary life and has an extraordinary experience with these monsters and becomes, for a moment, a hero.” read more
With only two abbreviated seasons left of Game of Thrones, fans will soon need to turn elsewhere to get their George RR Martin fix! Variety reports that the Syfy network is looking to fill the upcoming void by ordering a pilot episode of a new television series based on Martin’s science fiction horror novella, Nightflyers.
Nightflyers was originally adapted into a feature film in 1987. The new series is based upon a script written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train). NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s executive vice president of scripted development, Bill McGoldrick, offered these thoughts on the upcoming project: read more
Those who are familiar with Gates’ current Travel Channel hit, Expedition Unknown, will get to see the original series (which aired on Syfy from 2007 to 2012) which up to now has only been available as an expensive download or low quality DVD release of the first season.
Gates is excited that the series that made him famous is now available to all viewers and describes the series as “… some of my most unusual, thrilling, weird, and often hilarious travel adventures. It’s all about real investigations of fascinating mysteries – from sightings of cryptozoological creatures to otherworldly phenomena, we point our compass toward the unexplained. It’s a wild ride, and the truth, as they say, is out there.” read more
As reported today by Variety, the SyFy Network has ordered two more seasons of their horror anthology series Channel Zero. This renewal brings the series up to a fourth season, as the initial order called for two seasons of the Creepy Pasta inspired program.
Syfy president Chris McCumber told Variety that, “We look forward to creeping everyone out again this fall with ‘No-End House,’ and can’t wait to see what nightmares Nick has in store for the future.”
The first season entitled “Candle Cove” ran for six episodes and delivered strong ratings by SyFy Network standards, pulling in a little better than 1/2 a million viewers on average. read more
With the Season 3 finale set to air on December 16th, SyFy made the announcement that fans of Z Nation can expect another 13 episodes to come their way in 2017.
For a show that was once considered just a “cash-in” on the popularity of AMC’s hit The Walking Dead, Z Nation has turned into a solid performer for the NBC Universal-owned company and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is among the 10 most watched scripted series on cable television.
Fans of the show tend to like the shows’ honesty; Z Nation doesn’t take itself too seriously and the folks who have become disenfranchised with that other, more “serious” zombie television show, can tune to SyFy to watch a zombie horde get mauled by a giant wheel of cheese. read more
Channel Zero: Candle Cove may not be a perfect show, but it is, without a doubt, one of the best horror shows produced this year. After three episodes, the story of murderous children, creepy puppets and a town lost in grief, continues to deliver an intriguing tale that gets darker each week.
Director Craig William MacNeill does a masterful job creating a gripping and eerie setting in which the presence of unseen evil forces is palpable. However, Channel Zero: Candle Cove’s main issue is inconsistency. Moments of pure genius are followed by clunky dialogues and weak plotlines. Don’t get me wrong; the good significantly outnumbers the bad in this show, but the contrast between the high and lows after a while, becomes distracting. read more