Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big horror director? New Line Cinema and director James Wan have just the thing for you: a new competition show called Night Vision that offers a New Line development deal for the eventual winner. Wan, who cut his teeth in horror with films like Saw and Dead Silence, is now a principle player in creating the massively successful cinematic universe surrounding The Conjuring. He has also moved outside of the horror genre, directing films like Furious 7 and the upcoming Aquaman.
Wan’s production company, Atomic Monster, is partnering with Magical Elves who are responsible for reality competition shows like Project Runway and Top Chef. They hope that Night Vision can capture the same drama that those other, award-winning competition shows have done for their respective industries. Speaking about Night Vision, Wan told The Hollywood Reporter, “I can’t wait to discover the next, new talent in horror. This competition is an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming horror directors to get noticed by the industry and audiences alike.”
Night Vision will pit thirteen filmmakers across as many episodes in an elimination-style competition to shoot the scariest short films they can. Judging from the track record of the other shows these production companies have worked on, expect plenty of twists and eliminations from week to week to see how the filmmakers respond under pressure. The winner of the competition will receive a development deal with New Line Cinema to life. The details of what that deal entails has not yet been announced.
Diana Mogollon, senior VP of Warner Bros. digital content offshoot Stage 13, was excited about what Night Vision could bring to horror, saying, “We want to discover the storytellers who are going to push the genre further and drive a new generation in horror fandom. Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, James Wan and the team at Atomic Monster are leaders in this space and we’re thrilled to be part of this project.”
No word on when the series will air, but it sounds like aspiring contestants will be able to sign up soon at Stage 13’s website. As always, stay tuned to our Twitter and our Horror Group on Facebook for the latest horror news and features, and for more information on Night Vision as it becomes available!