“Spider-Man” guru Sam Raimi is aboard to produce the first two original series for FEARnet, the multiplatform horror/thriller site launched five months ago by Sony, Comcast and Lionsgate.
Variety says that both projects are moving ahead, with the first set to premiere by early June. Raimi will produce via Ghost House Pictures, the joint venture he and Rob Tapert run with Mandate’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane.
FEARnet president Diane Robina said each series will run seven episodes, with storylines continuing week-to-week. The episodes will be ad-supported and run between three and five minutes.
They’ll be available on all FEARnet platforms: on-demand cable, streaming Internet video and mobile devices.
Up first from Raimi is “Devil’s Trade,” which follows three teenagers who find themselves cursed after buying an item off a website. Ben Ketai wrote the script and Toby Wilkins will direct.
The second project, also written by Ketai, will serve as a prequel to 30 Days of Night, the Ghost House-Columbia Pictures feature about vampires who feast on an isolated Alaskan town. The series will debut in advance of the October release of the feature.