James Wan’s horror universes (plural!) have led him to projects with bigger budgets and even bigger expectations, like Aquaman. Now the Saw creator, Conjuring-verse mastermind, and all-around horror kingpin is looking for the genre’s next great voice. And how else would he do it besides a reality show?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director and his home base of New Line Cinema are teaming up to create Night Vision, a 13-episode competition between 13 horror filmmakers (directors, producers, or writers) to create the best short film they can in order to secure a development deal.
The DIY-to-studio route is one well-worn in the industry, especially within the horror genre. Now that the process is being turned into a TV show, the opportunities (and who they’re given to) will be assessed by audiences as much as the panel of judges. "I can’t wait to discover the next, new talent in horror,” said Wan in a statement. “This competition is an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming horror directors to get noticed by the industry and audiences alike.”
The casting call begins soon, with Wan reminding potential competitors to have fun in the video announcement:
So it’s a horror version of Project Greenlight, basically. Sounds good to us. This is one of the million projects Wan is overseeing as Aquaman nears its theatrical premiere, so hopefully the multi-hyphenate isn’t burned out by the time DC fans finally get to see what horror fans have been raving about for years.
Night Vision has yet to announce a premiere date.