Horror streaming channel Shudder is bringing back Creepshow, one of the most iconic horror anthologies ever made. Today they made some casting announcements.
The TV show is based on the 1982 Stephen King movie of the same name which was directed by horror master George A. Romero.
In a press release, the channel says they have brought back Adrienne Barbeau who starred in the original movie for a new segment called “Gray Matter.”
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (Saw) will also star in the Stephen King story adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter).
Series showrunner and FX wiz Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) will direct.
“I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve,” said Nicotero. “Between Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary and The Stand, I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control—the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Gray Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!”
“Gray Matter” is pulled from the pages of King’s 1973 short story collection Night Shift.
Barbeau makes her return to Creepshow over 25 years later. In the original, she played the loud-mouthed, verbally abusive wife Billie in “The Crate.”
“I was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the Creepshow world once again,” said Barbeau. “And then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake — no, not that cake. Oh, you know what I mean.”
The series is not only a reboot, but a reunion of sorts. Not only are Barbeau and King dipping their talents back into the fold, but Joe Hill, the original kid with the comic book and John Harrison who composed the original’s theme are also back to direct some segments.
Fun fact: Executive producer Greg Nicotero visited the first film’s set as a teenager, and contributed make-up effects to its 1987 follow-up, Creepshow 2.
Shudder says that with Gray Matter, “eight of the twelve segments that will make up Creepshow’s six-episode season” have been confirmed.
Other stories in the show include:
“By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman, “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito, and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab with additional titles and casting to be announced soon.
The series is scheduled to wrap production later this week in Atlanta, GA.