Courtney Cox is returning to horror!...
...Via Deadline, Scream star Courtney Cox has been tapped to star in Starz's new horror-comedy pilot Shining Vale from creators Sharon Horgan and Jeff Astrof! The pilot will be directed by Dearbhla Walsh (The Haindmaid's Tale). Written by Astrof from a story by him and Horgan, Shining Vale stems from an idea by Aaron Kaplan (Santa Clarita Diet) and sounds like a perfect vehicle for Cox and her comedic stylings.
In Shining Vale:
"A dysfunctional family moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat (Cox), who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same.
"Patricia “Pat” Phelps is a former “wild child” who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women’s empowerment novel (aka lady porn). Fast-forward 17 years, and Pat is clean and sober but totally unfulfilled. She still hasn’t written her second novel, she can’t remember the last time she had sex with her husband, and her teenage kids are at that stage where they love their vile friends and want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: a torrid 15-night stand with a hot, young artist/handyman/musician neighbor. In a last-ditch effort to save her marriage, she and her family move from the “crazy” of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs where evil and humor collide."
Well that just sounds delightful, and like the perfect role for Cox, who has her history in playing struggling authors.
Horgan and Clelia Mountford are executive producers via Merman alongside Astrof through his Other Shoe Productions and Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor. Walsh executive produced the pilot.
By Matt Konopka