Turn off the lights and get your popcorn ready folks! It looks like Creepshow will be creeping onto a computer screen near you! AMC Network’s horror-centric streaming service Shudder is reviving the beloved horror anthology as a TV series. The Walking Dead producer Greg Nicotero is spearheading the project as executive producer and creative director.
Shudder’s general manager Craig Engler recently said “Creepshow is one of the most beloved and iconic horror anthologies from two masters of the genre, George A. Romero and Stephen King […] We’re thrilled to continue their legacy with another master of horror, Greg Nicotero, as we bring a new Creepshow TV series exclusively to Shudder member.”
Each episode of Shudder’s Creepshow will feature an original tale, helmed by a different director. The first episode will be written and directed by Nicotero, who promises to stay true to Creepshow pulpy roots.
“Creepshow is a project very close to my heart! It is one of those titles that embraces the true spirit of horror … thrills and chills celebrated in one of its truest art forms, the comic book come to life! I’m honored to continue the tradition in the ‘spirit’ which it was created.”
Nicotero has crafted some amazing horror films and he’s no stranger to the Creepshow franchise. He first cut his teeth with Romero and Tom Savini on Day of The Dead and Creepshow 2. He’s also worked on Evil Dead 2, Aliens, The Mist, Scream and the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Nicotero has also made waves on the small screen. His work on The Pacific, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad have earned the madman nearly a dozen Emmy nominations as well as 4 wins.
That’s a lot of accolades, but if Nicotero hopes to live up to the Creepshow legacy, he’ll need them. The original Creepshow has about as high a pedigree as horror movies can. Directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King, Creepshow featured groundbreaking special effects by master craftsman Tom Savini.
Creepshow marks Shudder’s third move at original programming, joining Horror talk-show The Core and the docu-series Primal Screen. Here at Nightmare on Film Street we’re big fans of Shudder, so we’ll definitely keep an eye out for new developments.