Fresh off his recent Oscar win, Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is developing The Auteur, a half hour horror-comedy series, for Showtime.
Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) will star in the show which, according to Deadline, will be written by Waititi and Peter Warren (Ghost Team) based on the graphic novels by Rick Spears, Luigi Anderson, and James Callahan.
The Auteur centers on a film producer who, after bombing at the box office, is so desperate to create a new hit horror film that he inadvertently traps his cast and crew on a studio lot with a serial killer.
“The Auteur unites the wildly imaginative filmmaker Taika Waititi and the barbed wit of Peter Warren with the undeniable Jude Law in a bloody love letter to the movies that will make you simultaneously die laughing and want to run for your life,” Amy Israel, Showtime’s EVP, Scripted Programming said in a statement.
Waititi has a knack for walking the line between horror and comedy. His What We Do in the Shadows, which he co-wrote and directed with Jermaine Clement, has become a gold standard in the field and spawned its own television series expansion. It will be interesting to see what he, Warren, and Law create together.
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