Event Horizon is the latest movie making the jump to the small screen. The sci-fi/horror cult classic from the 90s is being adapted into a TV series at Amazon. What's more, they've tapped Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) to executive produce and direct the series. While details are slim at the present time, this sounds like a rather ambitious undertaking, for several reasons.
According to a new report, Amazon has partnered with Paramount Television for the potential series. Event Horizon was originally brought to the screen by director Paul. W.S. Anderson, who would go on to helm the highly successful Resident Evil franchise. There is no word yet on if Anderson will be involved. However, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, who produced the original movie, are on board to produce the series alongside Adam Wingard and Jeremy Platt. Beyond the creative team they have in place, few details are currently available.
Turning movies into TV shows is nothing new, but it's become increasingly popular in recent years, as networks and streaming services look for ways to stand out and attract eyeballs. Event Horizon was by no means a critical success upon its release in 1997 (currently boasting a poor 27 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and it certainly wasn't a massive commercial success, having grossed just $26 million worldwide. So there is certainly a challenge in crafting a narrative, in a longer format, that can appeal to a wider audience. There's also the matter of expanding the story to suit a series.
Adam Wingard has, somewhat quietly, become an accomplished genre filmmaker. Some of his smaller hits like You're Next and The Guest put him on the map. That led to Wingard helming Blair Witch, a flashy, secretive sequel to The Blair Witch Project which, unfortunately, didn't meet the expectations Lionsgate had for it originally. Wingard recently wrapped his biggest project to date, Godzilla vs. Kong, which is set to arrive in theaters next year. Wingard also directed Death Note for Netflix.
Event Horizon, the movie, centers on a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, which suddenly reappears. A team is sent to investigate. Accompanied by the ship's creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), sets off to explore the ship, which appears to have been abandoned. However, it quickly becomes clear that something evil is hiding in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the ship's prior journey are still present.
Amazon has been increasing its high-profile series lineup as of late. They're currently gearing up for a Lord of the Rings TV show, which will be one of the most expensive ever produced. They also have a new show from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the pipeline. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on this project are made available. This news was first reported by Variety.