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Development: Russell T Davies writes futuristic dystopian drama; Fangoria nabs supernatural comedy from Grady Hendrix

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Jun 4, 2018

In this edition of Development Roundup, the man responsible for regenerating Doctor Who is writing a new series for the BBC and Fangoria has just bought a spec script from horror and comic book author Grady Hendrix.

Fantastic! Russell T Davies, the writer and showrunner behind the Doctor Who reboot, is writing Years And Years, a new futuristic dystopian family drama for BBC One, the U.K.-based television channel has confirmed. 

Years And Years follows the lives of the Lyons family over the course of 15 years as they navigate through a British society rocked by unstable politics, technological advances and distant wars. Davies shows a future where Britain withdraws from Europe, America becomes a lone wolf, China asserts itself, and a new world begins to form.

“I’ve wanted to write this for 20 years or so. And as the world accelerates like crazy around us, I realized I’d better get on with it! It’s a joy to be back home with RED, and an honor to be on BBC One,” said Davies in a statement.

Red Production Company will produce, with founder Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley, Trust Me, Safe) serving as executive producer along with Davies.

Davies served as head writer for Doctor Who when it was revitalized in 2005 and served as showrunner until 2010. 

Years And Years is expected to go into production later this year.


Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that Fangoria has acquired Satanic Panic, a supernatural dark comedy spec script from author Grady Hendrix

Dallas Sonnier from Fangoria will produce with Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm and Cinestate’s Amanda Presmyk. Phil Nobile Jr. will executive produce. The search for a director will begin soon.

Based on a story by Hendrix and Ted Goeghegan (both of whom wrote the film Mohawk together, which Goeghegan directed), Satanic Panic centers on a pizza delivery girl whose last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.

Two novels by Hendrix are currently in development: Horrorstor, about a haunted IKEA, is being developed as a series with Josh Schwartz, Charlie Kaufman and Gail Berman executive producing; and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, which is being described as an “unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist,” is being produced by the Gotham Group.

Satanic Panic will be Fangoria’s second film, its first being Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, which will be released in August.

(Via Deadline)