Between the highly successful release of Django Unchained and the forthcoming summer release of Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, actor Jamie Foxx has been spending his time wreaking destruction as new villain Electro on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The latest news, however, is that Foxx is putting together a project for the small screen over the summer.
An announcement over at Deadline reveals that Foxx has signed a deal to create a five-episode horror anthology TV series for Syfy, which will debut during the channel’s “31 Days of Halloween” programming in October. Foxx will write, direct and executive produce the show, and has also hinted that he might star in an episode or two as well:
“This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life. Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!”
Foxx didn’t name any special friends in particular, but writers who are attached to the show include Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation), Jeff Stilson (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and John Pogue (Army Wives). Syfy president Mark Stern describes the show’s theme as, “universal insights on the human condition into emotionally potent and truly scary cautionary tales.”
Foxx has some previous experience with this kind of project, having co-directed an episode of Nite Tales, a low-budget TV series presented by Flavor Flav, which starred Jason Mewes as a comedian who makes the audience literally laugh themselves to death.
There have been a number of truly great horror anthology shows in the past, most notably The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales From the Darkside. Mick Garris created two such shows – Showtime’s Masters of Horror in 2005 and, after that show’s cancellation, Fear Itself for NBC in 2008. Masters Of Horror was so named because each episode was helmed by a different horror director of high repute; Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Dario Argento and John Carpenter all directed an episode for each season.
American Horror Story is another show that more or less falls into this category, though rather than having a different story each episode, the show has different stories for each season. Having already told the story of a family moving into a haunted house, and then a tale about a corrupt insane asylum, we’re hearing indications that the next season will be all about witches.
Since American Horror Story returns in the fall, Foxx will have a healthy bit of competition for his as-yet untitled anthology show. The format can either turn out very well or very poorly depending on how it’s handled, though one of the upsides to having different writers, stories and actors for each episode is that you can get very high-quality episodes directly alongside dull or cheesy episodes. Since Foxx hasn’t dabbled much in the horror genre so far, it’s hard to tell what to expect from this project.
Jamie Foxx’s horror anthology will air in Syfy in October. We’ll let you know when we have more details – like the name of the show, for starters.