For anyone who’s not already aware, a TV series based on Stephen King and George A. Romero‘s 1982 horror anthology Creepshow is coming to Shudder. The movie featured a variety of terrifying tales, as well as a great cast including the late great Leslie Nielsen, four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, fellow Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook, Viveca Lindfors, Ted Danson, and even King himself as a memorable lunkhead. It was also followed by a solid sequel in 1987.
Someone else who starred in the original is Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York, The Fog, Swamp Thing), appearing in the segment “The Crate.” And as it turns out, her time with Creepshow is not over yet. 37 years after starring in the original, she’s joined the cast of the TV series along with Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Jungle Book, Better Call Saul) and Tobin Bell (Saw, The Firm, Jigsaw).
Here’s more from the press release:
Shudder, AMC Networksâ€™ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, today announced initial casting for its upcoming horror anthology series, â€‹Creepshow, based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. Adrienne Barbeau (â€‹The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (â€‹Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (â€‹Saw) will star in the Stephen King story â€œGray Matter,â€ adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero (â€‹The Walking Dead).
â€œI feel Iâ€™m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve,â€ said Nicotero. â€œBetween â€‹Salemâ€™s Lot, â€‹Pet Sematary and â€‹The Stand, Iâ€™ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their controlâ€”the everyday personâ€™s primal fears. To visualize â€˜Gray Matterâ€™ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!â€
In â€œGray Matter,â€ Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. The story, first published in 1973, is part of Kingâ€™s best-selling 1978 collection, â€‹Night Shift.
For Barbeau, â€œGray Matterâ€ represents a return to theâ€‹ Creepshow franchise more than 25 years after her unforgettable portrayal of â€œBillieâ€ in the 1982 segment, â€œThe Crate.â€ Barbeau also serves as the host of the Shudder Original podcast, â€‹She Kills.
â€œI was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the â€‹Creepshow world once again,â€ said Barbeau. â€œAnd then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake â€” no, not â€‹that cake. Oh, you know what I mean.â€
The DNA of the original movie is firmly embedded in the new series: in addition to Barbeau and Kingâ€™s return to the franchise, fans will recall that writer Joe Hill (who has also contributed a story this season) played comic-book-loving â€œBillyâ€ in the filmâ€™s wrap-around segments. John Harrison, who was 1st Assistant Director on 1982â€™s â€‹Creepshow and composed its iconic theme, is back to direct several segments of the series. And executive producer Greg Nicotero visited the first filmâ€™s set as a teenager, and contributed make-up effects to its 1987 follow-up, â€‹Creepshow 2.
With â€œGray Matter,â€ Shudder has confirmed eight of the twelve segments that will make up â€‹Creepshowâ€™s six-episode season. Previously announced segments include â€œBy the Silver Water of Lake Champlainâ€ by Joe Hill, â€œHouse of the Headâ€ by Josh Malerman (â€‹Bird Box), â€œThe Companionâ€ by Joe Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, & Keith Lansdale, â€œThe Man in the Suitcaseâ€ by Christopher Buehlman, â€œAll Hallows Eveâ€ by Bruce Jones, â€œNight of the Pawâ€ by John Esposito, and â€œBad Wolf Downâ€ by Rob Schrab. Additional titles and casting will be announced soon. The series is scheduled to wrap production later this week in Atlanta, GA.
The first season of Shudder’s Creepshow series is set to premiere sometime later this year.
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