Development roundup: Cat Person author and James Gunn/Elizabeth Banks land horror flicks; CW sets up fantasy Outpost

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Mar 7, 2018

Spring is upon us, and that means growth is coming to break the world out of winter -- or at least, new development projects are going to try. Today, two horror projects and a fantasy series give you three more reasons to kiss that seasonal affective disorder goodbye.

The first comes from Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn, who got his start writing horror movies like Thir13en Ghosts, Dawn of the Dead, and Slither (which he also dierected). He’ll be producing the yet-to-be titled horror film, reuniting him with Slither star Elizabeth Banks, who was just announced, as well.

Gunn’s brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn will be writing the project (they also brought The Rock’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to the page), but even the concept of the film is secretive for now. The only other thing we know about it is that David Yarovesky, who made horror flick The Hive, is directing the project this spring.

Another forthcoming horror project comes from perhaps a less likely source. A24, breaking new ground in the arena of spec-script purchasing, bought a horror screenplay title Bodies, Bodies, Bodies from Kristen Roupenian, the writer behind the New Yorker story "Cat Person” that all your friends sent you last year. Some might argue that “Cat Person” was in fact a horror story. Regardless, those at A24 sure sensed it as an indication that Roupenian has a lot to bring to the filmmaking table.

Again, in an act of secrecy, all we know about this horror script is that it plays with social dynamics and shows a keen sense for complex characters -- two things always welcome in horror stories. This story is reportedly being fast-tracked into production to maintain its cultural relevance, which is a newer step for the company, which until recently focused on distribution.

Finally, breaking away from the scares and, in fact, becoming the scarer, sci-fi/fantasy drama The Outpost is coming to The CW in ten parts.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producers Dean Devlin of The Librarians and Jonathan Glassner of Stargate SG-1 have created a show where Jessica Green plays the lone survivor of her race, who’s out for vengeance against those that made her that way. She’s got fantastical abilities and a whole lot of rage that she’ll likely inflict/have tempered by co-stars including Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse, Andrew Howard, Anand Desai-Barochia, and Robyn Malcolm.

The Outpost had been announced previously with no channel to call home in America, but it will continue to air on SYFY internationally, as originally planned.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)