NBC and Blumhouse are developing the horror drama Cul-De-Sac, which could launch an entire "Blumhouse Presents" event series franchise at the network. After establishing itself as a major player in independent horror with hits like the Paranormal Activity series, the Insidious films and the Purge franchise - not to mention the blockbuster 2017 movies Split and Get Out - Blumhouse Productions has begun branching out into television with major plans in place for the coming months.
Blumhouse's television division already has on its upcoming slate a small-screen version of the studio's successful movie franchise The Purge. Blumhouse also teams with HBO for the thriller drama Sharp Objects, based on Gillian Flynn's book and starring Amy Adams. Also on the docket for the studio are the Hulu anthology horror series Into the Dark, a new season of the hidden camera show Scare Tactics and the Netflix action-horror miniseries Ghoul.
As reported by Deadline, Blumhouse will now team with NBC for the horror drama Cul-De-Sac, together with Scream: The TV Series writer Brian Sieve and The Fix director Larysa Kondracki. Reportedly, the ultimate plan here could be for the new show to launch an entire "Blumhouse Presents" franchise of event series, possibly in the vein of American Horror Story. Cul-De-Sac itself is described as a serialized drama concerning three suburban families whose middle-class dream is shattered when something horrifying invades their world.
NBC striking this deal with Blumhouse to potentially create a whole TV-based horror franchise not only shows the potency of the Blumhouse brand, it also demonstrates the rising appeal of the anthology/event horror series on the TV landscape. FX's American Horror Story kicked off the new trend in earnest, and is currently heading into its eighth season for a rumored post-apocalyptic storyline. Now, the floodgates are open and TV/streaming are soon to be inundated with multiple new anthology-style horror projects. These include The CW's Black Rose Anthology, focusing on stories written and directed by women; a new Netflix horror series from Guillermo Del Toro; and a new Syfy horror anthology series from John Carpenter.
Not to be left out, frequent Blumhouse partner and Oscar-winner Jordan Peele has two anthology series planned: Lovecraft Country for HBO, and a Twilight Zone revival for CBS All Access. Twilight Zone of course was one of the original anthology series, back in the golden age of such programming. Now with all the new projects in the pipeline, backed up by major players like Blumhouse and NBC, it's possible we could be entering a new golden age of anthology horror.