Another Stephen King Tale Coming to ABC and More Horror TV News
The horror on TV phenomenon continues with this announcement from ABC that they have not one, but two, tales of terror (one of which is based on the work of Stephen King) in the works via their boutique arm, Signature. Read on for details.
THR reports that a year after launching, the ABC Studios-based division is setting up shop all over town. The Tracy Underwood-fronted banner has projects in development at A&E, WE tv, and TBS with a potential straight-to-series Stephen King short story adaptation in the works at ABC.
The division, which Underwood was tapped to run in October 2012, focuses on selling to cable and emerging platforms for off-cycle and lower-cost programming.
Signature is readying "Grand Central", a potential straight-to-series order for summer 2014 from "Haven" writers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn. The drama is based on King's short story "The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates" and described as a character-driven procedural with a supernatural twist. The short, published in 2008 and collected in King's Just After Sunset, centers on a widow who answers a phone call from her husband who died two days earlier in a plane crash. The husband predicts two tragedies that later come true and helps his wife avoid death.
Next up is a psychological horror story/soap entitled "Strega," which is in the works at A&E with writer Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves) via the Gotham Group. "Strega" is described as a psychological horror story that meets cul-de-sac soap about a young American family who hire an au pair from Italy only to discover that dark forces come along with her.
Look for more on both of these soon!
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