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Wes Craven Developing ‘People Under the Stairs,’ More with UCP

Horror kingpin Wes Craven has scared up several new projects, inking a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions that includes developing a television adaptation of his 1991 movie “The People Under the Stairs” and the Daryl Gregory novel “We Are All Completely Fine” for Syfy, Variety has learned.

Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming, and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”

UCP exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead announced the deal Monday, adding that it will focus on creating scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks.

“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said Olmstead.

“At Syfy, we’re working with the most iconic names in the genre, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Wes Craven and UCP on these initial projects,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec VP of original content.

Described as a contemporary “Downton Abbey” meets “Amityville Horror,” “People Under the Stairs” focuses on centuries-old horrors discovered deep within an estate after a girl goes missing. Craven, Shep Gordon from Alive Productions, Michael Reisz, and Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment will exec produce. The pilot will be written by Reisz (“Shadowhunters,” “Unforgettable”).

Craven will write the script and direct the pilot of “We Are All Completely Fine,” which is about an enigmatic psychologist who gathers survivors of five horror movie scenarios in a support group — only to unlock the evils of her patients’ pasts. It is exec produced by Craven, Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner from Captivate Entertainment and Bottfeld.

UCP and Craven are also developing “Disciples” — set in the near future, it takes place in a world where the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe and colonized moons throughout the solar system. Craven will exec produce along with Steve Niles, who wrote the original graphic novel. Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz and Bottfeld are attached to exec produce.

Craven is repped by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham.

Michael Reisz is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and attorney Jason Hendler of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller,

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