The first installment will be based on “Candle Cove,” a story by Kris Straub based on the Internet-based horror story collection known as “creepypasta.” The story revolves around a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s that is connected to a series of murders.
Antosca will write the script, with Landis providing creative direction and producing.
“‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ is a season-long imaginative and chilling horror anthology,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec VP of Universal Cable Prods. “With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. I’m still haunted by the first episode. It’s a chilling immersive ride.”
Syfy is in the midst of a push to expand and refine its scripted programming menu. If it comes to fruition, “Channel Zero” would join FX’s “American Horror Story” and other cable dramas in the reboot-able anthology series genre.
” ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ will feature contemporary storytelling and an innovative perspective that underscores Syfy’s commitment to bringing smart and provocative programming to a whole new generation of sci fi fans,” said Syfy’s Bill McGoldrick, exec VP of original content.
Landis and Antosca promised to make the project “really nightmarish and haunting and surreal.”
The pair are repped by WME and Writ Large.