Blumhouse Television and UCP, a division of NBCUniversal, are adapting Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade as a television series. Whannell (The Invisible Man) is set to direct the sci-fi/thriller series and will executive produce alongside Tim Walsh (Chicago P.D.).
Upgrade will pick up a few years after the ending of the film which starred Logan Marshall-Green as Grey Trace, a man paralyzed from the neck down after terrifying mugging during which his wife was murdered. After being offered a new lease on life through advanced technology, he finds himself merged with STEM, an AI implant.
STEM provides Grey with all the heightened abilities he needs to take revenge on the men who ruined his life, but he realizes far too late that there is something much more insidious behind STEM’s actions.
The new series will broaden the story first presented in the film. STEM has been utilized by the government to control and quell criminal behavior which could obviously lead to some exciting and very dangerous situations.
A writer’s room is already assembled and working on scripting the first season.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik will join Whannell and Walsh as executive producers on the series.
This is the third collaboration between Blunhouse Television and UCP. They previously produced The Purge series together, another spin-off from a Blumhouse film. They are also working together on the upcoming FX series, The Wilderness of Error.
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