Yesterday, AMC’s most-excellent horror streaming service Shudder announced casting details for a brand-new anthology series set to drop on the platform later this year. Joining an ever-growing list of recent Stephen King adaptations, the anthology will be called Creepshow and will be based on the 1982 film written by King and directed by the late, great George A. Romero.
The first installment into the anthology will be “Gray Matter,” a story first published by King in 1973 and later in his best-selling 1978 collection Night Shift. The story follows two old-timers (Doc and Chief) braving a storm that’s hitting their small town to check in on an alcoholic single father named Richie after encountering his terrified son at a local convenience store.
“Gray Matter” was adapted for the screen by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi and directed by The Walking Dead showrunner Greg Nicotero. Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (Saw) are all set to star.
“I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve,” Nicotero said of the project. “Between Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, and The Stand, I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control—the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Gray Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne Giancarlo an Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!”
Shudder has already confirmed seven of the other 12 total segments that’ll make up the six-episode season of Creepshow, and with production set to wrap this week down in Atlanta, we’re expecting to hear more about what we can expect from Creepshow and when we can expect it soon.