Drew Barrymore will put a new twist on the horror genre with Black Rose Anthology, a horror anthology series slated for The CW.
Told from the perspective of a legion of female characters, the series intends to upend the classic terror trope of women-as-victims that has dominated the genre for decades, Deadline reports. The series will examine themes including guilt, jealousy, repression, paranoia, insanity, sexual obsession, and ultimately survival with a contemporary flair.
Barrymore — who memorably starred in the first Scream movie — will produce the show under her Flower Films outfit, while Jill Blotevogel, who previously helmed MTV’s Scream: The TV Series, is set to pen the pilot. No word yet on when the project, which is still in the early stages of development, is set to debut.
Sounding strikingly similar to Black Mirror’s unique take on techno-paranoia with a satirical edge, Black Rose Anthology promises to mine the deepest, darkest fears inherent in the human condition from a distinctly feminine perspective. The scope of the series follows a recent trend in Hollywood — Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, anyone? — to put female-centric stories front and center with successful women at the helm and behind the scenes, a formula that has proven both commercially and critically successful and highly anticipated.
No word yet on which leading ladies will take a starring role when Black Rose Anthology hits the airwaves, but we can hope for at least a guest appearance from Barrymore if she can pry herself away from her duties as suburban-wife-turned-zombie Sheila in the bloody dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet.