Blumhouse TV has secured an overall TV deal with writer/director duo Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and C. Robert Cargill (Sea of Rust, Queen of the Dark Things) according to Deadline. The two-year deal will see the Sinister directors develop original series through their Crooked Highway productions. Former Head of Film at Bad Robot Sherryl Clark (Morning Glory, Blackbird) serves as President of Production for Crooked Highway.
According to Deadline, Derrickson and Cargill have several television projects in the works including two book adaptations. The first is Kristen Iversen’s (Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction) Full Body Burden which investigates the true dangers of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant located in Colorado. The second series is based on Simon Kurt Unsworth’s (The Devil’s Evidence, Quiet Houses) The Devil’s Detective. Published in 2015, it follows an investigator who solves murder cases by visiting the realms of hell. Derrickson and Cargill will also develop Midnight Radio in which a disc jockey explores various cases of supernatural encounters.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Scott, Cargill, and Sherryl into the Blumhouse family, to work with us in television,” said Jason Blum (Get Out, Freaky) via Deadline. “We have had a lot of success collaborating in film, and they’ve brought some great material in to develop that we can’t wait to get in front of fans,” Blum said via Deadline.
The creative team will continue working on films during this period. According to Deadline, Derrickson’s upcoming feature, The Black Phone, is produced through Blumhouse and Universal Pictures. And the Crooked Highway team will produce Maggie Levin’s (My Valentine, The Rocky Horror Hipster Show) Retrograde. They previously worked with Levin as executive producers for her film My Valentine which appeared as part of Hulu’s Into the Dark horror anthology series.
“It was an easy, natural progression for us to collaborate further with Jason in television, given our success with Blumhouse on the feature side,” said Derrickson and Cargill via Deadline.