You all remember the George A. Romero-helmed, Stephen King-penned horror anthology film Creepshow, right? The one with all the cockroaches and where Leslie Nielsen plays a stone-cold killer who murders Ted Danson? (For real.) Well, guess what? It’s getting made into a TV series.
That’s right. Shudder, the streaming service that specializes in thriller and horror genres, has given the thumbs up to a Creepshow TV show inspired by the 1982 film, Entertainment Weekly has revealed. The original film featured five original stories inspired by the horror comics of the 1950s (such as EC Comics’ Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror). Like the film, each episode of the new Creepshow series will tell original stories and be directed by a different filmmaker.
Makeup effects specialist and The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero is on board to direct the first episode and executive-produce the series. Nicotero was mentored by makeup effects legend Tom Savini, the man behind the makeup effects for Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and of course, the original Creepshow.
“Creepshow is a project very close to my heart!” Nicotero told EW. “It is one of those titles that embraces the true spirit of horror … thrills and chills celebrated in one of its truest art forms, the comic book come to life! I’m honored to continue the tradition in the ‘spirit’ which it was created.”
Nicotero’s company KNB EFX Group will handle the creature and makeup effects. The Cartel will produce the show with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment.
The new Creepshow series will debut on Shudder in 2019.