We’ve got a trio of development items for this edition of SYFY WIRE’s development roundup, including two actors becoming directors of shows they’ve starred in, and two writers developing a fantasy detective series.
First up, ComicBook.com has revealed that after being killed off in its Season 7 premiere, The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz will return to the AMC series — at least behind the camera. Cudlitz, who played Abraham Ford on the show for three seasons, will direct The Walking Dead’s seventh episode for Season 9. This marks the first time a star of the show has directed an episode of the series.
Ford was killed by Negan in the first episode of The Walking Dead’s seventh season. At a Walker Stalker convention, Cudlitz said that characters in The Walking Dead "grow their own popularity after they leave because everyone always wonders what that character would do. They realize, 'Oh, Maggie's going through a lot of stuff right now, how would she process that with Glenn?' It's interesting, and you guys do that. You take it to this whole other level, and we feel it on our end, so it's pretty humbling."
The Walking Dead will return for its ninth season this fall.
Next, The Flash star Danielle Panabaker, aka Caitlin Snow, will be making her directorial debut on the show. Although details are being kept under wraps, ETOnline has revealed that Panabaker will direct an episode of The CW series’ upcoming fifth season.
"I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be directing my first episode of television, and especially honored that it will be an episode of The Flash," Panabaker told ET. "Over the past 15 years, I have been lucky to work with many talented directors with a vast array of styles and methods. I have always loved the collaborative process, and my insatiable curiosity has led me to watch, learn, and absorb as much as I can from those around me."
The actress took to social media to express her excitement over the gig. “I am so excited to direct my first episode of television and so grateful that I get to do it with my @CW_TheFlash family,” Panabaker wrote on Twitter.
Season Five of The Flash recently began filming in Vancouver, Canada.
Finally, Chris Addison and Will Smith (no, not that Will Smith) of Veep fame are reuniting to create a fantasy detective series, Deadline is reporting.
The series, Warlock Holmes, is being described as “Princess Bride-meets-Game of Thrones.” Addison and Smith are writing the series.
The project has a British broadcaster lined up and is currently being pitched to U.S. broadcasters. Word is that Warlock Holmes is being produced by Avalon Television.