Anyone who follows pop culture long enough will eventually become familiar with the concept of "development hell." It's a place where projects become bogged down, and often find themselves canceled after lengthy periods of development. Horror films are some of the most common movies to end up in development hell, and this has led to some genuinely legendary unmade projects over the years. Those untold horror stories stuck in development hell are the focus of the upcoming (and aptly titled) Untold Horror, and it sounds like the greatest horror films never made will finally have their stories told.
Former Rue Morgue editor-in-chief Dave Alexander has officially announced the upcoming release of Untold Horror -- a documentary series that peels pack the bloody layers and explores the untold stories behind horror films that never materialized. The series features interviews with horror icons such as George A. Romero, John Landis, and Takashi Miike -- among others. All of these filmmakers have great projects that never got off the ground, and the series will take an in-depth look at some of the fascinating horror movies that we will never get a chance to see, along with concept art and awesome behind the scenes stories about what specifically went wrong along the way. The core appeal of Untold Horror seems to be the way in which it combines the iconography of the horror genre with the inner workings of the film industry. It's a series that will take an in-depth look at how movies get made (or don't get made) and provide some valuable insight into the overall filmmaking process.
There are obviously a ton of stories waiting to be told in this series, and I am personally very excited about the episode focusing on David Cronenberg's Frankenstein. Can you imagine a Frankenstein story told by the master of body horror? It would've been amazing, and it's a damn shame that it never happened.
If Untold Horror proves successful and manages to find an audience, then it seems reasonably likely that this series could stick around for quite a while. After all, the horror genre never fails to come up with newly canceled projects that will never see the light of day. Most recently (and perhaps most notably) Platinum Dunes announced that the highly anticipated Friday the 13th reboot has been canceled, which means that we will not see the hidden origins of Jason Voorhees and his long lost father. After enough time has passed, I would not be surprised to see an entire episode of Untold Horror devoted to how this particular project fell apart in development hell.
Check out a trailer for Untold Horror below to get a better look at the overall format of the upcoming series:
As always, CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the debut of Untold Horror as new details become available to us. For more information related to the remaining TV debuts slated for spring 2017, make sure to take a look at our comprehensive midseason premiere guide and fill out your TV viewing schedules accordingly!