Urban Myth Films and The Imaginarium are to partner on a TV series adaptation of cult horror movie, The Whicker Man.

BAFTA award-winning writer Howard Overman (War of The Worlds, Misfits) is attached to write the series that will be a “total reimagining” of the original.

The two companies have acquired the rights from Studiocanal to produce a series and are in early talks with potential broadcasters.

Overman comments, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to reimagine this hugely influential film. While the story is very different, the series explores the same themes of sacrifice, superstition and ritual that were at the core of the original film.”

Jonathan Cavendish, Co-founder at The Imaginarium adds, “Howard Overman has created a bold, shocking and unique series, pulling the themes and terrifying power of the original Wicker Man into a thrilling modern setting. We’re so excited to bring this reimagining of a classic to the screen with our friends at Urban Myth.”

Johnny Capps, Executive Producer at Urban Myth Films, expands, “Working with The Imaginarium and with Howard on this adaptation has been a fantastic collaboration. We can’t wait to share Howard’s brilliantly original and bold take on this cult classic.”

Studiocanal’s EVP Global Production Ron Halpern and Executive Managing Director TV Francoise Guyonnet Studiocanal said, “The Whicker Man is an iconic and influential cinematic classic in our catalogue. We are delighted the adaptation is being reimagined by Howard Overman and in partnership with our friends at Urban Myth Films and The Imaginarium. To take a catalogue film to series underlines our ambition across film, series and catalogue at Studiocanal and the incredible opportunities therein.”

The Imaginarium is currently in post-production on the feature Next Goal Wins, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss, and their latest television series The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself, based on the best-selling YA trilogy by Sally Green, will be released on Netflix in October 2022.

Urban Myth Films is currently in production on the second series of The Lazarus Project for Sky, with the third series of Overman’s War of the Worlds out on Canal+ in France and about to be released on Disney Plus in the UK. Studiocanal is a shareholder in Urban Myth Films.

Jon Creamer

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