Directors take on NBC show 'Origins'
“Hostel” helmer Eli Roth is set to write and direct a seg of “Heroes: Origins,” the spinoff of the hit Peacock drama “Heroes,” while Michael Dougherty (“Superman Returns”) is also onboard to pen an episode.Roth and Dougherty join Kevin Smith, who was unofficially announced as another “Heroes: Origins” writer-director during the recent Comic-Con fest. NBC has ordered six episodes of “Heroes: Origins,” which follows the exploits of characters that have previously not been seen on the “Heroes” mothership. Viewers will eventually vote on which “Heroes: Origins” character will be added to the main series in season three. “Heroes: Origins” will air in midseason while “Heroes” takes a break, allowing for a more seamless TV season for the franchise, with fewer repeats. Tim Kring is exec producer. Roth’s credits also include “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel: Part II.” His development slate includes “The Bad Seed,” “Cell” and “Scavenger Hunt.” Dougherty also wrote “X2: X-Men United” and is behind the upcoming feature “Trick ‘r Treat.” (Josef Adalian and Michael Fleming contributed to this report.)