Craven Developing 2 Projects for TV Including, The People Under the Stairs
On June 30, 2015, Wes Craven’s SCREAM will be making its debut on MTV. But if you can’t get enough Wes Craven goodness, you’re in luck. Craven is currently developing two projects for the small screen. As Dealine.com reports, Craven has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop two projects for Syfy. One of those projects is an adaptation of Daryl Gregory’s book WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE, while the other project is THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.
The Gregory project Craven is developing sounds pretty good. WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE will tell the story of Dr. Jan Sayer, an enigmatic psychologist who gathers survivors of five horror-movie scenarios in a support group and accidentally unlocks the evils of her patients’ pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they figure out which monsters they face are from within, and which are lurking in plain sight. Craven is attached to write the script, and has signed on to direct the pilot.
As for THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, this show will obviously be based on Craven’s 1991 film and is being described as a contemporary DOWNTON ABBEY meets THE AMITYVILLE HORROR:
When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate.
I feel like I’m the only person who hated THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS. The movie had a great set-up. A kid gets trapped inside a house of horrors where many kids before him have disappeared, never to be seen again. The film also has a fantastic cast. Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen … this is a crazy-strong cast. For me, though, nothing in this film gelled together. The story ended up feeling like a made-by-Disney flick, there was zero gore, and it wasn’t scary. The only thing that was worth while in the film was McGill and Robie as “Man” and “Woman.” The same chemistry they brought to TWIN PEAKS was felt in this otherwise hugely disappointing film. If the movie was a watered down version of a real horror film, I can’t imagine what a TV show will be like. Time will tell, and I’ll be tuned in to check it out (of course).
What do yo think?