Guillermo del Toro’s underrated fright flick Mimic is all set to become a TV series with the help of Event Horizon director Paul W.S. Anderson.
Del Toro isn’t involved in the new series.
Anderson will direct the pilot and serve as the executive producer. Jim Danger Gray (Orange Is the New Black) will serve as showrunner.
The series isn’t attached to a network or streaming service yet.
Anderson tells Deadline: “The world of insects has been a long term fascination of mine. So much strength and organization from such tiny creatures that have existed long before humankind, and will survive long after our demise. It’s an exciting world that I’m thrilled to jump into, especially with such great partners as Jim and Miramax.”
Gray added: “Mimic explores, on its surface, the idea of insects taking over. Body horror, the anxiety of ‘a bug’ living inside of us, the death of truth, the denial of science and the rise of personal entitlement are at the heart of our show as it examines how society is eaten alive by an invasion that is laying bare its greatest insecurities and failures.”
Head Of Worldwide Television at Miramax TV Marc Helwig added: “Paul is one of the leading filmmakers of his generation in the world of science fiction, and we are excited to bring a bold new take on this classic title to life in television that will make your skin crawl, scare the hell out of you, and speak loudly to these strange times we all find ourselves in. I couldn’t think of a better writer to bring this world to life than Jim Danger Gray whose work I’ve admired for a long time.”
Co-written and directed by Del Toro based on Donald A. Wollheim’s short story, Mimic stars Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham, and Norman Reedus.
It begins when a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates rig up a species of “Judas” bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good … until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey — humans.
Rated R for terror violence and for language, it sports a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Mimic finds director Guillermo del Toro struggling to inject his unique sensibilities into a studio picture – and delivering just enough genre thrills to recommend.