TV just got upgraded...
...KHC has just learned that Blumhouse Television and UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, are adapting Leigh Whannell’s 2018 sci-fi, thriller Upgrade into a television series for Whannell to direct!
In the series, which Whannell co-created and will executive produce along with showrunner Tim Walsh:
"Picks up a few years after the events of the film and broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host - imaging a world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity."
Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland, who ran the second season of The Purge, have joined Whannell and Walsh to write the series.
The film, which Whannell wrote and directed, starred Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson. In the film, after his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Marshall-Green) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure in the form of a computer chip implant called STEM. The implant provides its host with heightened physical abilities, allowing Grey to exact revenge on those responsible for his wife’s death. The film was produced for $5 million and grossed more than $16 million at the global box office. It was also the recipient of the 2018 SXSW Audience Award.
If you missed Upgrade in theaters, it's one of the best sci-fi thrillers of recent years, with some absolutely stunning choreography, so with Whannell behind the camera again, we expect nothing but action-packed greatness with this new series!
Jason Blum (Halloween) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik will executive produce alongside Whannell and Walsh. Whannell and Walsh co-created the series. The series is a co-production between Blumhouse Television and UCP.
By Matt Konopka