Grady Hendrix’s “Horrorstör” is being developed for television, reports Deadline. Rights to the novel have gone to Gail Berman and Fox Networks Group’s production entity The Jackal Group.
The book is a little over a month old, it only hit online outlets and book shelves last month.
The publisher’s synopsis for the book goes like this…
Well, it looks like next Halloween will bring Scream to television after all. We have had casting rumblings and rumors concerning the Ghostface but now we know we have release details.
MTV has ordered Scream to series for October 2015.
The series will consist of 10 episodes and star Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Connor Weil, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Joel Gretsch and newcomer Amadeus Serafini.
In last week’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, a bratty, privileged character named “Dandy” donned a clown costume and mask and stalked his sassy, unimpressed maid (played by Patti LaBelle). The whole thing was a choreographed rip-off of the opening of John Carpenter’s Halloween.
You know the POV shot, I don’t need to describe it for you if you’re reading this site.
I sat there at first thinking “Heh, neat.” But then the thought dawned on me: I get very annoyed when filmmakers “borrow from the best” – mostly out of nostalgia – and I don’t cut them slack, so why am I giving American Horror Story a pass?
So, it looks like I was wrong last week – Bob was bitten. Despite having both a zombie bite and missing a leg, it still took him a good 36 hours or so to die. I guess this is just another example of adjusting zombie lore to fit the needs of the story. It was a sweet death. I’m glad they killed Bob before he turned – seems respectful.
As Gareth and his crew munches on “shish kaBob,” Gareth waxes poetic about their methods (“It was going to be a choice: join us or feed us”) and who tastes better (“I like the taste of women better and I think pretty people taste better, too”). He thinks he is being human to Bob. Bob starts laughing hysterically, shows off his bitten shoulder, and starts screaming “Tainted meat! Tainted meat!” Gareth’s crew freaks out, but Gareth is pretty sure they are safe because they cooked the meat. I guess this group doesn’t know that everyone is a carrier of the zombie virus.
More news springing from the “horror on television” crypt… ABC is apparently at work on a new series inspired by The Phantom of the Opera.
Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry is overseeing the show which is a contemporary take on the Gaston Leroux novel. Says Variety: “The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”
In typical American Horror Story fashion, Halloween gets special treatment. This week’s episode was nearly an hour and a half long, and was only the first of two parts.
Here we meet Stanley and Esmerelda, a pair of hucksters who open the show posing as a doctor and his protege, attempting to sell a “real” baby Sasquatch specimen to a museum of oddities. Much like the Fiji Mermaid, baby Sasquatch was a fake, and the duo were attempting to turn a quick buck. The museum curator does suggest that if they bring her a new specimen, one that is real, they would be paid handsomely and she “wouldn’t ask questions.” Stanley, the brains of the operation, decides they should go find a freak show, and head to Florida.
How’s this for news “out of nowhere”? Warner Bros. has launched a digital content division that will roll out short form content including shows based on the Mortal Kombat series. But get this: The new division – called Blue Ribbon Content – has a series based on the ’80s creature feature Critters in the works.
Here’s the listing that was part of a larger announcement.
What’s an easy way to find out if Ghost Face, the iconic horror disguise featured in the Scream films, is going to pop up in MTV’s forthcoming Scream television series? Ask the man who controls the rights to the mask and Ghost Face likeness. Clever. Very clever.
Fan site Ghostface.co.uk fired off an email to R.J. Torbert of Fun World (the company that makes the masks in stores everywhere) to inquire about Ghost Face’s possible appearance in the series. Here’s how he responded (unedited with “registered” symbol and all)…