Amazon has a new horror-comedy series in development, currently going by the so-so title Mitchcraft. The series follows a small-town fire marshal who realizes he may have inadvertently harnessed the power of the supernatural and become, for lack of a better term, a witch.
Described by Deadline as a two-handed relationship comedy and a genre twist in a newly-invented sub-genre “Aspirational Horror” Mitchcraft aims to “make scary fun again.”
The “hybrid comedy series” is coming our way from Psych creator/executive producer Steve Franks and executive producer Chris Henze. Its origins can be traced back to Psych‘s horror parodies being “an extension and a magnification of that type of genre mash-up.”
Franks says: “Over the course of Psych, we had the opportunity and freedom to play with different genres, worlds, and themes within the confines of a procedural mystery. Comedy was always the constant, but thanks to an obsessive cast and our collective reverence for stories like The Shining, American Werewolf in London, Twin Peaks, the Friday the 13th & Halloween franchises, among others, we often found the most joy by putting funny people in incredibly dangerous and scary situations.”
Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, Ouija, The Purge) and Fully Formed Entertainment produce with Franks and Henze.
Franks said: “Adding Brad and Andrew to the mix is a real asset that will allow us to tap into some expertise in the genre space that we love while injecting it with our brand of ridiculousness.”