Vertigo Films, the indie behind Britannia, Bronson, Mammals and Monsters, has announced the “horror dream team” for new TV series, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks based on Jason Arnopp’s novel of the same name.
Screenwriter Gaby Hull (Two Weeks to Live, We Hunt Together) is adapting the book and Rob Savage (Host, Dashcam) will direct.
Savage is reuniting with Vertigo Films, the company who discovered him aged 17, distributing his first movie, Strings and for whom he directed three episodes of historical fantasy Britannia. The director has since gone on to helm Zoom-séance hit Host, found footage thriller Dashcam and is currently in post on Stephen King’s The Boogeyman for 20th Century Studios.
Titular pop culture journalist, Jack Sparks, a supernatural sceptic, is making a documentary about the occult. No stranger to controversy, Sparks laughs in the face of the devil by mocking an exorcism he witnesses, putting in motion a series of terrifying, tragic and mysterious events.
The Last Days Of Jack Sparks is a British character-based modern horror story that will take audiences on a thrilling and disorientating ride, exploring our obsession for true crime through the lens of a mysterious, hilarious and utterly off-his-head protagonist.
Vertigo Films’ co-founder James Richardson is executive producing and Head of Development Nathalie Peter-Contesse is overseeing development.
Director Rob Savage says: “Bringing diabolically wonderful books like Jason’s to the screen is a rare treat. The disturbing, hilarious and terrifying story of Jack Sparks is such a unique take on the genre, one that will give audiences a new reason to fear the dark. Gaby’s uniquely brilliant writing and razor wit make him the perfect collaborator to bring this new nightmare to life and I’m delighted to be working with the batshit Vertigo Films again on this batshit horror odyssey.”
Author Jason Arnopp says: “Deep down in the devil’s workshop, the Dream Team bell is tolling loud and clear. I know that Jack Sparks himself would raise several glasses to these creative hellions and loudly declare that they will do his gruesome and tragic story proud.”
Screenwriter Gaby Hull says: “Jason Arnopp’s novel is a contemporary horror masterpiece – as devilishly funny as it is terrifying. With Rob Savage at the helm and the Vertigo team producing, I’m incredibly excited to help introduce viewers to the hellish thrill ride that is Jack Sparks.”
Executive Producer and co-founder of Vertigo Films, James Richardson says: “Vertigo have been working with Rob since he was 17 – he was born to make horror! We warmed up making Britannia together and are now going full unhinged horror with Jack Sparks. With Rob’s unique storytelling, Gaby’s wonderful script and Jason’s extraordinary novel, we’ve got a horror dream team to make a truly terrifying TV series. British horror can step into the TV spotlight once again.”
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