While we always need more horror in cinemas, where it’s really missing is on TV. HBO’s True Blood is helping to fix things as great projects – like The Walking Dead – are being announced. If The Walking Dead news posted yesterday wasn’t kickass enough, Clive Barker is teaming up with Saw IV-VII scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who just saw the release of their feature film The Collector in theaters last month, for a horror tale taking residence in a “Hotel.” Read on for the skinny!
From the Hollywood Reporter:
““Saw” scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are taking up residence at “Clive Barker’s Hotel.”
Fresh off Dunstan’s feature directorial debut “The Collector,” the pair have set up the “Hotel” pilot script at Warner Bros. Television, with a number of networks eyeing it as a potential series.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is expected to follow a series of ghoulish incidents at a haunted hotel. Barker, the creator of the landmark horror franchise “Hellraiser” and other well-known genre properties, is attached to produce, McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision also in talks to produce. Barker associate Joe Daley will co-produce.
The project marks another collaboration for the duo with the APA- and Evolution-repped Barker. They previously worked on a property from the horror meistro when they did a draft of Dimension’s “Hellraiser” reboot, which is in development.
Dunstan and Melton, repped by APA and Underground Management, catapulted to fame when they won a season of “Project Greenlight” with their horror script “Feast.” That project eventually became a Dimenson movie, and the duo have since gone up to become the writers on Lionsgate’s “Saw” pics.
The pair wrote the previous two movies in the franchise and also penned the screenplay to this fall’s “Saw VI.” They are attached to write as many as two of the movies beyond that.
Dunstan also directed “The Collector” off a script he and Melton wrote. The pic, distributed theatrically through Freestyle, has earned about $7 million this summer in two weeks of release.
Wonderland produced the CW hit “Supernatural,” a genre series on which it also collaborates with WBTV, and is also behind features such as Disney’s reboot of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.“