Word on the net is that Amazon and Paramount Television are developing a series based on the 1997 sci-fi horror, Event Horizon.
Wingard will take on the dual role of executive producer and director on the project said to be in joint development between Amazon and Paramount Television. Certainly the director has plenty of horror movies on his CV and just enough sci-fi to make him a decent fit.
Paul Anderson’s 1997 cinematic telling of the story has proven to be divisive amongst film fans. Whilst ‘Event Horizon’ has a large cult fan-base, there are just as many, if not more, that don’t appreciate it. Personally, I’m one of the former.
The film follows the crew of a rescue mission sent to recover a ship, The Event Horizon, that passed through a black hole and back. But when the ship returns the rescue crew discover another dark passenger aboard that unleashes unimaginable horrors.
Whilst the film famously suffered from some brutal editing that detracts from the fluidity of the story, ‘Event Horizon’ is still an engaging spectacle filled with genuinely terrifying moments of tension and graphic, bloody horror. What’s more, it had a pretty killer cast that included Sam Neill, Lawrence Fishburne, Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs.
A serialised adaptation for Amazon could help to flesh out the many gaps in the plot left by the movie. We just hope Amazon don’t drop the ball in the same way that Netflix did with their adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s, not too dissimilar, novella, ‘Nightflyers‘.