AMC has announced the cast and story for the premiere episode of its upcoming horror anthology revival series Creepshow.
Airing on AMC's horror premium streaming service Shudder, the first episode of the anthology series will be an adaptation of the Stephen King short story "Gray Matter." The episode stars Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) and Tobin Bell (Saw). The premiere is helmed by The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero, who also serves as the showrunner of the upcoming Shudder original series. Additionally, the series has released the first photo of its new, undead host.
"I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve," Nicotero said in a written statement. "Between Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary and The Stand, I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control—the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Gray Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!"
"Gray Matter" had originally been published in 1973 before being included in King's 1978 short story compilation Night Shift. The story follows two old men who brave a storm to check in on an alcoholic father after encountering his son in their small town. King himself is no stranger to the Creepshow franchise, writing the 1982 horror film directed by George A. Romero and appearing in one of its segments. Barbeau similarly appeared in a separate segment and looks forward to returning to the horror anthology franchise.
"I was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the Creepshow world once again,” Barbeau admitted. "And then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake."
Eight of the 12 planned segments of the new series have been announced, including include “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman, “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab. Principal photography on the six-episode first season is expected to wrap this week.
Creepshow is scheduled to premiere on AMC's Shudder streaming service later this year.