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Development news: Blumhouse preps new horror series, Maze Runner star joins nature thriller and more

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May 31, 2018

The latest development roundup finds Blumhouse expanding its horror content on TV, a young woman battling vicious predators in Florida and the Angry Birds delving into live-action.

First, Deadline reports that NBC is developing a new horror drama called Cul-De-Sac that could be the initial offering under a wider "event series" brand possibly called "Blumhouse Presents."

Blumhouse Television, the small screen arm of Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, is behind the series, along with Universal Television. The pilot is being written by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series) and directed by Larysa Kondracki (Legion, Gotham). The story follows three families who live in a suburban cul-de-sac where something evil is beginning to plague them.

Blumhouse is known for its high-earning, low-budget horror movies like Get Out, Split, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and Sinister, but the company has also been involved in TV for six years. Its most high-profile effort, a series based on the movie The Purge and its sequels, is scheduled to debut later this year.


Meanwhile, Kaya Scodelario, who starred in the Maze Runner trilogy, is currently in talks to star in Paramount Pictures' new horror thriller Crawl. The movie follows a young woman who gets trapped in a flooded house in Florida while trying to rescue her father during a Category 5 hurricane, and ends up battling what Heat Vision describes as "Florida's most savage and feared predators."

In other words, this sounds like it could be a treat for fans of nature-run-amok and killer croc movies like Rogue and Lake Placid.

French horror specialist Alexandre Aja is directing the picture, which boasts Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) as one of its producers. Aja got on the horror radar with 2003's High Tension and has since helmed the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, 2010's Piranha 3D, 2013's Horns and others.


Finally, the unstoppable Angry Birds might be flying onto television screens as well. Variety reports that the critter-heavy mobile game is being adapted as a live-action game show called Angry Birds Challenge. Like the app, the live-action contest will feature participants — humans, we assume — racing to get through a series of obstacle courses so they can reach the castle tower and save as many eggs as they can.

Angry Birds creators Rovio Entertainment are partnering with Big Fish Entertainment on the show, which has not yet found a network or cable home. The original Angry Birds game has already spawned numerous spinoffs, an animated TV show, a plethora of merchandise and a 2016 animated feature film, with a sequel due out in September 2019.