Creepshow is coming to AMC’s premium streaming service, Shudder, with Walking Dead alum Greg Nicotero attached to direct. The TV series, based on the iconic anthology film from Stephen King and George Romero, will premiere in 2019.
The 1982 film on which the series will be based, starred Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, and Adrienne Barbeau, spawned two sequel films and a spin-off comic book.
Producers of the Creepshow series say it will fulfil the promise made by the original film’s tagline, “The most fun you’ll ever have being scared.” Each episode will tell an original fun and scary story, and will be helmed by a different director. Nicotero will direct the first episode, and his award-winning company KNB EFX Group Inc. will be in charge of the make-up and creature FX.
Craig Engler, general manager at Shudder made the announcement: “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 members.”
This is a project close to Nicotero, who met his mentor, make-up legend Tom Savini when visiting the set of the original film, and who later worked on Day of the Dead and Creepshow 2 with Romero. He said of the news: “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’ in which it was created.”