Influential horror filmmaker Wes Craven is taking a break from the silver screen to adapt the upcoming comic book series The Disciples for television, according to THR. The Black Mask Studios comic, which is written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles with artwork by Christopher Mitten, isn’t set to debut until May, but Universal Cable Productions (the company behind the SyFy series Being Human and Defiance) is currently negotiating for the rights and Craven is already on board to executive produce.
The Disciples has been described as “a sci-fi horror story set in space,” but little else is known as to the comic series’ plot line. Though Craven has worked mostly in film since the beginning of his career, most notably the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, he has on rare occasions dabbled in television; he directed five episodes of the mid-80s reboot of The Twilight Zone as well as the original telefilms Chiller and Night Visions.
Serving as executive producers alongside Craven are Industry Entertainment’s Sara Bottfeld, and Black Mask co-founders Niles, Matt Pizzolo, and Brett Gurewitz. Craven has not yet committed to writing or directing any episodes of the series.
In addition to The Disciples, Craven will also be working with MTV on a television series based on his successful Scream franchise, which is scheduled to begin airing sometime this Fall.
UPDATE – there’s the official synopsis for the comic via Black Mask Studios:
Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious religious cult.
This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of “The Disciples,” the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters Of The Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he’s built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him.
But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Venture, they discover something has gone horribly wrong…
This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre Steve Niles with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.