Hannibal and Chronicle alums teaming up for new Syfy horror series Channel Zero

Contributed by
Jul 1, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT (Updated)

There’s a new horror project underway at Syfy; and it's coming straight from the combined creative minds of Chronicle writer Max Landis and Hannibal TV writer Nick Antosca. [Disclaimer: Syfy is Blastr's corporate parent]

The project? A new (scary) anthology TV show called Channel Zero.

The concept of the new series is somewhat based on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story and sees a brand-new narrative in the course of each new season. However, unlike AHS, Channel Zero (at least in its first season) will be based on an existing storyline rather than a purely fictional one: Season 1 will be based on Kris Straub’s Candle Cove, which tells the tale of a mysterious 1980s children’s TV program, and the show’s role in a slew of murders and one man’s deep dark secret.

Straub’s story originally began online as part of a global Internet project known as Creepypasta, where online users share horror stories to try and scare the bejesus out of each other. (Gosh, that sounds like a lot of fun!) Since he's currently busy with a series of projects that includes the upcoming horror movie Victor Frankenstein -- starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) -- Landis will only produce and oversee the new series alongside Antosca, who’ll be the one on writing duties.

Here’s Syfy’s official press release:


UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – June 30, 2015 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Syfy today announced the development of “Channel Zero” with Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” "Friday the 13th") set to write the script, and Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra") set to produce and helm creative direction along with Antosca.

“Channel Zero” will feature a unique setup, with each season focusing on a new story. The first season of the horror anthology series for Syfy will be based on “Candle Cove” by Kris Straub, a story that originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. It tells the story of a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s and the show’s role in a series of murders and one man's dark secret.

“’Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. I’m still haunted by the first episode. It’s a chilling immersive ride.”

Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content for Syfy, said, “’Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ will feature contemporary storytelling and an innovative perspective that underscores Syfy’s commitment to bringing smart and provocative programming to a whole new generation of sci fi fans.”

"We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ we’ve expanded this great short story ‘Candle Cove’ into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal,” said Landis and Antosca. “We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.”

“Channel Zero” joins an array of current high profile UCP and Syfy collaborations, including “Childhood’s End,” the first-ever adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s iconic novel starring Charles Dance, Mike Vogel and Julian McMahon; “Brave New World,” based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel which is being developed alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s popular trilogy; and Wes Craven’s “The People Under The Stairs,” based on the 1991 film; and “We Are All Completely Fine,” based on book by Daryl Gregory.

Of course, it’s way too early to have any casting news yet, since Channel Zero: Candle Cove is only in its infancy (baby steps, baby steps). Hopefully, they’ll be able to nab an interesting cast of actors to bring the first season to horrific life.

What do you think about the concept for Syfy’s upcoming anthology horror series Channel Zero: Candle Cove? Are you looking forward to seeing what Max Landis and Nick Antosca will cook up together? 

(via Spoiler TVEmpire Online)