Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Watcher’ Series Signs Lead Actors

The award-winning storyteller who has been called “the most powerful man” in modern television is watching you.

Ryan Murphy–the writer/director behind American Horror StoryScream Queens and Ratched–is adding to his relationship with Netflix with a new limited series, The Watcher, as reported by Deadline. And the series has already landed two big names to star in the project.

The Watcher–set to start shooting this fall–will star two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale as a married couple who move into a new house only to be threatened by frightening letters from a stalker who only identifies himself as “The Watcher”.

The seven-episode series–co-created and co-produced by Murphy and longtime collaborator Ian Brennan–is inspired by the infamous “Watcher” house in New Jersey. Derek and Maria Broaddus reportedly bought this 1905 Dutch colonial house in 2014, but were forced to abandon it after receiving letters from a stalker who claimed to have been watching them for years.

One of the notes read: “I am The Watcher. Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names, I will call them and draw them to me.” Another read: “Will the young blood play in the basement? Or are they too afraid to go down there alone? I would be very afraid if I were them.”

When the family was unable to sell the house, they rented it out to an unfortunate tenant who also got a life-threatening letter. The house eventually was sold, but the identity of “The Watcher” is still a mystery.

No debut date for the series has yet been announced, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on The Watcher on Netflix.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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