Exclusive: Sundance Channel Developing “ERASERHEAD” Limited Event SeriesMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
In the race to find more and more content as the marketplace expands, there’s almost no properties that are exempt from a small screen adaptation. And while the likes of PSYCHO, ROSEMARY’S BABY and more are finding contemporary homes on television, there’s almost a sense of “what’s next” anticipation when it comes to horror titles being reinvented as dramatic serialized fare. And while TWIN PEAKS remains somewhat in flux over contract negotiations over at Showtime, it appears that another David Lynch property will instead be making its way to the world of television: ERASERHEAD.
Exclusively speaking with FANGORIA, a representative from The Sundance Channel has confirmed that they are bringing the enigmatic genre film back as a 6-episode limited event series The series is being developed by Jonathan Glazer and Jennifer Lynch, with THE PRISONER writer Bill Gallagher serving as showrunner. And while the core concept will be altered for television, the series will still retain the surrealist elements that made the original film so compelling while exploring the industrial world of Henry Spencer.
“We’ve been planting the seeds for ERASERHEAD for a long time, and we finally think the time is right,” said Sundance Channel’s Director of Development April Fuehl. “There’s a lot a big ideas in David Lynch’s original film, and even bigger questions. Over the course of six episodes, we will answer those questions.”
While story specifics are currently under wraps, Fuehl confirmed that casting is currently under way and that none other than Shia Labeouf is currently in final negotiations to take on the role of Henry Spencer, as made famous by Jack Nance. Shooting is expected to take place in West Virginia this September, with Glazer acting as director on the pilot while subsequent episodes will be helmed by Jennifer Lynch. And though the series is intended for a 6-episode run, Fuehl did confirm that there’s room for further expansion.
“Shia is a big fan of the film, so when he was approached with the idea, he was excited,” added Fuehl. “Shia’s kind of a weird guy, and luckily, with everyone involved, we can really weird people out week after week after week. We just really want to get inside people’s heads and make them cry and be scared about life in general, and if there’s any way we could pull it off, it’d be with an hour of ERASERHEAD for six weeks in a row.”
Following production on the ERASERHEAD series, Fuehl has confirmed she has her own plans to branch out into production, looking to debut her new series, DAY, at the end of the year. So make sure to keep an eye out for ERASERHEAD and make sure to keep an even closer eye on April Fuehl’s DAY.