AMC developing Rainn Wilson alien drama, horror anthology from Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero
Not to scare you, but AMC announced its development slate at TCA on Saturday, and it’s heavy on horror and sci-fi.
The network is working on an untitled Rainn Wilson project, in which the Office vet stars as a poly-addicted man living in the San Fernando Valley whose body is taken over by an “alien entity.” Wilson, who has a recurring role in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, serves as an executive producer alongside Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero (Better Call Saul).
AMC is also developing a horror/sci-fi anthology series titled Shock Theater, directed by Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero. Every episode will unspool a new story but pay tribute to the B movie classics. Nicotero will serve as executive producer with Matt Lambert, Gail Berman and Joe Earley.
There are two additional horror anthology in the works. Underbelly, which is executive produced by Dan Connolly (The Son), and Chris Hardwick’s production company, explores the darker side of pop culture with stories “related to the fan experience, celebrity, greed, alienation, obsession, and vanity.” Meanwhile, Wicked West, from Jason Blum, is a non-fiction anthology that brings to life chilling tales from the days of the Wild West, including “sadistic serial killers, murderous black widows, bloodthirsty family clans and local legends laced with the supernatural.”
Nicotero isn’t the only person with a Fear the Walking Dead connection on the development slate. Colman Domingo is executive producing In the Middle of the Street, a prospective series that was inspired by his play Dot, and follows a family in Philadelphia who “must confront old secrets in order to face the challenges of the present.”
Also on the adaptation front: Liking What You See, which is executive produced by Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer and is based on the Ted Chiang short story of the same name. The near-future-set show tracks the residents of Saybrook, who “have voluntarily adopted calliagnosia, a reversible, non-invasive procedure that eliminates their ability to perceive beauty,” according to the network. “Once you have calliagnosia, no one looks prettier or uglier than anyone else; the people of Saybrook judge each other purely on their merits.”
Other projects include The Age of Miracles from Sinead Daly (The Get Down), a series in which people start getting mysteriously sick when the Earth’s rotation begins to slow down; the Jazz age-set Ballad of Black Tom from Victor LaValle (Big Machine), about a street musician who unexpectedly enters a world of magic when he delivers an object to sorceress and uncovers a plan to destroy the world.