AMC Networks has announced that Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tobin Bell have been cast in Shudder’s upcoming Creepshow series. Specifically, the actors will appear in a segment entitled “Gray Matter”, based on a story from horror icon Stephen King’s 1978 bestseller Night Shift. The story was adapted for television by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi and is directed by effects legend & showrunner Greg Nicotero.
Nicotero stated: “I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve. Between Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary and The Stand, I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control—the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Gray Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!”
Barbeau added: “I was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the Creepshow world once again. And then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake – no, not that cake. Oh, you know what I mean.”
The actress also appeared in the original 1982 Creepshow film as “Billie” in “The Crate” segment. But Barbeau isn’t the only one returning to Creepshow, horror novelist & segment writer Joe Hill played “Billy” in the original film’s connecting segments, while segment director John Harrison was 1st AD on the original film, and Nicotero handled the special effects on the 1987 sequel Creepshow 2.
Each of the series’ six hourlong episodes will feature two segments, and besides “Gray Matter”, AMC has announced seven others:
- “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill
- “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman
- “The Companion” by Joe, Kasey & Keith Lansdale
- “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman
- “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones
- “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito
- “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab
Production on the series in now complete, and AMC promised that the remaining segments and cast will be announced “soon”. Creepshow will premiere sometime later this year, exclusively on Shudder.
“Gray Matter” Segment Synopsis:
Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store.