Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are going back to their roots again, though unfortunately not to make a new splatter-fest horror film, which I think is long overdue for the team. I mean, really, who cares about Spider-Man anymore?
No, the roots I refer to are television; Variety reports this morning that the duo have formed Ghost House Television, with former Universal exec William Hamm hired to run the day-to-day operations of the production banner. Raimi and Tapert first worked with Hamm back when they were making “Hercules” and “Xena” and found him a pleasure to work with, so he was the first person they approached for Ghost House TV.
First project on the slate will be an adaptation of Dean Koontz’s The Taking, about a husband and wife whose traumatic childhood may be the key to defeating an otherworldly evil brought on by apocalyptic rains. The search for a scripter is on, though it’s likely one will be found soon as they’ll be pitching it to networks early next year.
The only other project they’ve announced is an unscripted reality/horror hybrid that’s currently set up on the CW (the recent mash of WB and UPN). Production on that is set to start in early spring.
The philosophy behind Ghost House Television is simple: produce scary stuff. That’s something we could all use more of, don’t ‘cha think?
Wonder how many other Koontz books will be filmed in our forums!