Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs TV series on the way

Wes Craven sets up TV shows based on The People Under The Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine

Wendy Robie and Everett McGill in The People Under The Stairs
Wendy Robie and Everett McGill in The People Under The Stairs

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a Wes Craven movie on the big screen, but Deadline reports that he’s about to quite prolific on television.

The Scream and A Nightmare On Elm Street director has set up two projects at Universal for Syfy.

First up, he’ll be producing a TV show based on his underrated 1991 horror The People Under The Stairs. The film, in which “Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can’t escape,” starred Twin Peaks duo Everett McGill and Wendy Robie, as well as Ving Rhames and Sean Whalen.

This new version is described as “a contemporary Downton Abbey meets The Amityville HorrorWhen a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate.”

Craven will be more actively involved in a show based on Daryl Gregory’s book We Are All Completely Fine.

He’s writing and directing the story of “Dr. Jan Sayer, an enigmatic psychologist who gathers survivors of five horror-movie scenarios in a support group – and unwittingly unlocks the evils of her patients’ pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they uncover which monsters they face are within — and which are lurking in plain sight. Craven is attached to write the script, and has signed on to direct the potential pilot.”

We’re big fans of Gregory (Afterparty, Harrison Squared) and we’re very excited to see Craven’s take on the material.

Horror maestro Wes Craven is bringing his skills to the small screen
Horror maestro Wes Craven is bringing his skills to the small screen

Finally, he’s producing a series based on Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten’s Disciples, as previously reported. The comic “is a sci-fi horror story set in the near future where the ultra-wealthy have become true masters of the universe, colonising moons throughout the solar system. One colonist, McCauley Richmond, has built a new society on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, where his flocks of cultists worship him. Three “deep space” private eyes have been hired by a high-ranking senator to venture out to Ganymede and retrieve his teenage daughter, who’s been brainwashed into joining Richmond’s cult.”

So, three upcoming projects on Craven’s slate set up at SyFy. We’re looking forward to this…

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