James Wan is not rebooting Resident Evil while CJ Entertainment is remaking a Korean horror film, and CBS All Access wants Kevin Williamson to tell them another story — that's all in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s development roundup.
First up, it appears as though those reports that James Wan was set to produce the Resident Evil reboot were premature. The Aquaman director recently told Bloody Disgusting that he and his Atomic Monster Productions company are no longer producing the film.
“I’m not doing that anymore,” Wan told the media outlet. “That has been dropped.”
The director didn't provide any additional details but did vent his frustration over his projects — both real and imagined — being publicized before they’re ready.
“They announce that I’m attached to a lot of stuff and a lot of them are not necessarily real,” said Wan. “It’s kind of annoying when things come and go, or things never came in the first place. I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I’m attached to a lot of things when in fact I’m not necessarily doing so many things. A lot of my stuff just get announced and I don’t want them to be announced but people love to announce them.”
On the upside, Wan is still on board to remake the 2016 South Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan.
The Resident Evil franchise, starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, has raked in more than $1.2 billion in global ticket sales.
Speaking of remaking Korean horror films, CJ Entertainment is producing a remake of Huh Jung’s 2013 socially minded South Korean horror film Hide and Seek, Deadline is reporting. Joel David Moore (Youth in Oregon) is directing the remake, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), Jacinda Barrett (Bloodline), and Quinn McColgan (Mildred Pierce).
Hide and Seek centers on a man searching for his long-lost brother but who stumbles upon a secret world of squatters terrorizing the homes of unsuspecting tenants. Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) and Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) also star.
Hide and Seek is currently being filmed in New York.
And finally, CBS All Access has renewed Tell Me a Story for a second season. The psychological thriller drama series from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment takes traditional fairy tales and reworks them into dark twisted thrillers.
The first season repurposed “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into one season-long story set in modern-day New York starring James Wolk, Billy Magnussen, Dania Ramirez, Paul Wesley, and Kim Cattrall among others. Season 2 will explore a whole new set of fairy tales and characters, according to CBS All Access.
“The first season of Tell Me a Story turned conventional fairy tales on their heads, interweaving and modernizing three classic stories into a compelling thriller for today’s audiences, in a way only Kevin Williamson can,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access in a statement. “We can’t wait to surprise and entertain viewers with a whole new set of tales next season.”
The first seven episodes of Tell Me a Story’s first season are available to stream on CBS All Access. New episodes are available on demand on Thursdays for CBS All Access subscribers. The Season 1 finale will be available to stream on Jan. 3.