Stephen King and George A. Romero's iconic anthology movie is being adapted into a TV series and some of the best minds in the industry are working on it!
Okay, back up. Do you remember the 1982 horror anthology movie directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King, which was so scary it scared everybody's pants off? Yes, THAT movie. The King of horror made his screenwriting and acting debut through Creepshow and well, the movie was not only successful but it also emerged as a cult classic and an absolute must watch movie on Halloween. Now, thirty-seven years after the original, Creepshow is getting a reboot, but it is nothing like the reboots we have been seeing lately, it is different. It is good. It is everything a horror fan can wish for!
The iconic film which consisted of five short horror stories is being adapted into a horror show and fans of Stephen King and George Romero are beyond thrilled. I understand that lately Hollywood has been throwing a lot of unnecessary sequels and reboots at us and frankly, it doesn't surprise us anymore but hey, listen to this - the TV reboot doesn't have shitty actors or upcoming writers. It has the best minds in horror!
According to BloodyDisgusting, the first season of the show will have six episodes. Each one of them will feature a story by some of the biggest writers in horror, namely, By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), House of the Head by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), The Companion by Joe Lansdale (The Bottoms), The Man in the Suitcase by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), All Hallows Eve by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), Night of the Paw by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes), and Bad Wolf Down by Rob Schrab (Monster House).
"WHAAAT?" Yes, exactly. Plus, it gets BETTER! Confirmed to be in the show is none other than horror legend Tobin Bell aka Jigsaw! Creepshow's TV reboot has announced the cast for the show revealing that not only is the SAW slasher a part of the series, but Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Adrienne Barbeau, who we saw in the original Creepshow movie, are on board as well and fans are legit screaming with excitement!
According to Den of Geek, the three actors will be spotted in the episode called Gray Matter which will be based on Stephen King's 1973 novel Night Shift adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Greg Nicotero, famous special effects artist who made his debut with George A. Romero's film, will be directing and serving as the showrunner of the reboot. Barbeau has revealed in a statement that she joined because Greg asked her.
"I was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the Creepshow world once again. And then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake — no, not that cake. Oh, you know what I mean.” Nicotero has also added that he is a Stephen King fan and is really excited for the upcoming show, "I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve. Between Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary and The Stand, I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control—the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Gray Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!”
“Having the opportunity to embrace the spirit of Creepshow and expand on what George and Steve created is, without a doubt, a lifelong dream come true,” Greg added. “Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Creepshow lives in a special place for me. I had the good fortune to visit the set as a teenager. I was able to look behind the curtain of filmmaking, and it changed me forever. I’m honored to continue telling the stories in the ‘comic book come to life’ world that fans fell in love with. This fall we will be ‘opening the coffin’ and unleashing upon the world our demented and ghastly stories, crafted by the best in business.”
Creepshow's release date has not been announced but is believed to premiere later this year on streaming platform Shudder. Will you be watching?