creepypasta, the online destination for bizarre, viral user-generated horror stories has inspired the first season of Channel Zero, an upcoming horror anthology from writers Nick Antosca (Hannibal) and Max Landis (Chronicle).
Teaming with Universal Cable Productions, Syfy will develop Channel Zero alongside Antosca and Landis. The former will write the script, while both will produce and oversee creative direction. Channel Zero is envisioned as a season-long anthology series, the first of which will take inspiration from Candle Cove, which originated at creepasta in 2009. The season focuses on “a mysterious childrens show from the 1980s and the shows connection to a series of murders, as well as one mans dark secret.”
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions, in a statement. “With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. Im still haunted by the first episode. Its a chilling immersive ride.”
“We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for Channel Zero: Candle Cove weve expanded this great short story “Candle Cove” into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal,” said Landis and Antosca.
No word on premiere date for the series yet. To read the original Candle Cove story, head to creepypasta.