10:15am PT by Philiana Ng
Stephen Lang, Corbin Bleu to Topline Chiller TV Movie (Exclusive)
Chiller, the cable network dedicated to horror programming, has unveiled four new projects.
Terra Nova alum Stephen Lang and High School Musical vet Corbin Bleu lead the cast of Chiller's original movie The Monkey's Paw, adapted by Macon Blair from a short story by W.W. Jacobs, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The film centers on Jake Tilton (C.J. Thomason, Harper's Island), who acquires a mystical "monkey's paw" talisman that grants its possessor three wishes and finds his world upside down after his first two wishes result in his co-worker Tony Cobb (Lang) being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder -- forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones.
Monkey's Paw, produced by Ross Otterman for TMP Films and directed by Brett Simmons, will premiere on Chiller in 2013. Bleu will play Catfish, while Days of Our Lives' Michelle Pierce joins as Olivia, Tauvia Dawn (Level 26: Dark Prophecy) plays Abby, and Charles S. Dutton (Legion) stars as Detective Margolis.
Additionally, Chiller has teamed with six filmmakers to make five shorts for its first anthology film about the human senses, Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear, being eyed for a 2013 launch. Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton will take on Hearing, Emily Hagins with Touch, Eric England with Taste, Nick Everhart with Smell and Miko Hughes with Sight. Andrew Gernhard, Zach O'Brien and Colin Theys will produce for Synthetic Cinema.
Chiller also added two new specials to its programming slate: Chiller 13: Horror's Most Wanted, premiering in December, and Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hook-Ups, premiering on Valentine's Day 2013.