John Goodman Arachnophobia

Development roundup: Amblin rebooting Arachnophobia; two new fantasy series coming to TV

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Jun 11, 2018

They say things come in threes, and in development news today that math adds up, as we have two new shows that could possibly be your next big fantasy binge... and your worst nightmare coming to the big screen(that is, if you're afraid of spiders).

Let's get the scary stuff out of the way first: Deadline reports that Amblin and James Wan’s Atomic Monster are currently in the early stages of rebooting the classic deadly spider yarn Arachnophobia (1990).

The original movie, directed by Frank Marshall, saw a poisonous spider hitch a ride from Venezuela to a town in rural California, to start a family and pretty much torment everyone including the resident arachnophobe Dr. Ross Jennings (played by Jeff Daniels).

Wan, who recently completed work directing DC's Aquaman, is on board to produce. While there's no further details yet, we have a feeling that this could be a far more gruesome version than the first. Atomic Monster currently has the highly-anticipated horror flick The Nun in post-production (from The Conjuring universe), and if it’s anything like that then we can expect these creepy crawlies to carry a much bigger bite.

The original comic thriller was a modest hit at the box office, making $53.2 million against a $31 million budget, but went on to gross an additional $30 million in video rentals.


Next up is the announcement of two new fantasy series making their way to television.

Firstly, Random House Studio today announced a partnership with best-selling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson, who is making an original concept for TV titled Dark One. But not only that, Sanderson will also be working on an accompanying graphic novel for the show that will be published by Vault Comics.

Dark One is said to be a dramatic fantasy adventure spotlighting a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastical worlds, which he is told are just hallucinations, but turn out to be very real indeed. Sanderson's previous books have taken place in fantastical worlds which encompass an intricate system of magic driving the plots, and have graced the New York Times bestseller list six times.

No word yet on where the show will land, but FreemantleMedia is producing; they're responsible for the outstanding American Gods series, which was the #1 show on STARZ during its premiere season.


Last but not least, Netflix also announced today (via Vulture) its plans to order 10 episodes of a new fantasy series called Kaos from writer and actress Charlie Covell, who created the explosive teen drama The End of the F***ing World. The streaming giant has described the hour-long series as being "a darkly comedic and contemporary reimagining of Greek mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power, and life in the underworld."

Well, if it's anything like Covell's awesome work on The End of the F***ing World then we can expect something extremely badass, and with hard-hitting, pitch-black humor. Consider us very excited.

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