Production on Shudder's Creepshow series has been underway for a few weeks now. Today, we have word that legendary effects artist, actor and director Tom Savini will be at the helm of an upcoming episode, directing the Joe Hill adaptation By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain.
The anthology series is based on the classic 1982 horror movie Creepshow from Joe Hill's dad Stephen King and collaborator/director George A. Romero. It was previously announced that The Walking Dead creative mastermind and iconic effects maestro Greg Nicotero is directing the Stephen King adapted episode Gray Matter.
Tom Savini just wrapped production on his installment of the streaming series, which will launch exclusively on Shudder. Tom Savini was actually one of the makeup effects artists on the original movie, so bringing him back into the fold seems like a no brainer. He teased his contribution to Creepshow while attending Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, California this past weekend. He said this.
"I just directed an episode of the Creepshow television series. There's twelve [stories] altogether - each show will have two episodes in it. Mine's a combination of Stand By Me, The Fog and Jurassic Park. It's really something.. It'll be like the movie with comic book pages turning and boxes...scary things."
In By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill, "Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself... all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain."
The first season of Shudder's Creepshow series will consist of 6 brand-new episodes from award-winning and acclaimed horror writers. Along with By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill (the mastermind behind the upcoming AMC series NOS4A2), we're also getting House of the Head by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), The Companion by Joe Lansdale (The Bottoms), The Man in the Suitcase by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), All Hallows Eve by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), Night of the Paw by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes) and Bad Wolf Down by Rob Schrab (Monster House).
Greg Nicotero is also executive producing the upcoming streaming series. He had this to say about working on such a classic horror title, bringing it back for fans.
"Having the opportunity to embrace the spirit of Creepshow and expand on what George and Steve created is, without a doubt, a lifelong dream come true. Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Creepshow lives in a special place for me. I had the good fortune to visit the set as a teenager. I was able to look behind the curtain of filmmaking, and it changed me forever. I'm honored to continue telling the stories in the 'comic book come to life' world that fans fell in love with. This fall we will be 'opening the coffin' and unleashing upon the world our demented and ghastly stories, crafted by the best in business."
Greg Nicotero will be directing several episodes of the series, alongside The Ritual director David Bruckner. Roxanne Benjamin, Rob Schrab and John Harrison will also be jumping behind the camera at some point in the show's limited first season run.