If you are a horror movie aficionado, then chances are that you know of Thirteen Ghosts. The supernatural horror film was originally released in 1960 before Dark Castle Entertainment, alongside Warner Bros. Pictures, and Columbia Pictures produced a remake in 2001 - now, over two decades later, we are hearing reports that the film will be adapted for the small screen.
According to the online publication Dread Central, Patrick Mediate and Aaron McLane, who supervised special effects on Fear the Walking Dead, are working with Dark Castle to develop a television series based on the IP.
When it is ready and the current industry standstill is resolved, they intend to pitch the show to Sony Pictures Television. Even though they didn't explicitly say so, we believe they have an arrangement with Sony where the studio will greenlight the project if they believe it is promising.
If Sony approves the project, it will be the first television adaptation of the property in 22 years. Mediate and McLane have plans for a 13-episode series with each episode focusing on one ghost and exploring its origin.
Given that both the original movie and the remake were feature films, there is little material for a 13-episode series. Because of this, we expect Mediate and McLane to expand the IP's canon and invent a believable backstory for each of the ghosts.
About the project, Mediate and McLane said, "Every culture in the world has its ghost stories, and this re-imagining of 13 Ghosts presents an international sampling of these supernatural tales."
The producing duo went on, "The ghost stories within each episode will have their own stylistic look and feel that will be explored and influenced by each individual director. This makes our ghost vignettes stand out stylistically as they set the theme for each episode."
Also, Mediate and McLane plan to incorporate augmented reality technology to enhance viewers' experience. We are not entirely sure how it will work but we do know that people who use the feature will be able to see ghosts in their homes - which in and of itself seems like a fun horror movie premise. Hmm, let us write that down...
While Mediate and McLane are at the forefront of the project, they will be joined by Ashley Robinson – she also worked on Fear the Walking Dead – who will help with production efforts. Dead Castle Entertainment could not have chosen a better time or team to bring back Thirteen Ghosts.
It's been a great year for horror movies with virtually every release performing well at the box office from M3GAN to Insidious: The Red Door, which recently became the highest-grossing film in the genre this year with a $185.9 million gross.
Because of the demand, many studios are either working on sequels to existing materials – Paramount Pictures recently tapped Freaky director Christopher Landon to direct Scream 7 – or rebooting old properties, like Living Dead Media is doing with Return of the Living Dead.