ABC makes a 'Hotel' reservation

Picks up script from 'Saw' writing duo

NEW YORK -- ABC has picked up the script "Clive Barker's Hotel" from "Saw" scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. The network bested Fox and several other nets eyeing the Warner Bros. TV project.

The script centers on a series of ghoulish incidents at a haunted hotel.

Horror maven Barker is attached as a producer, and McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision banner is in talks to produce. Joe Daley is co-producing. It's possible McG could come on board in a directorial capacity if the project moves forward, though the idea hasn't yet moved beyond the conversation stage.

Dunstan and Melton, repped by APA and Underground Management, were discovered when they won a season of "Project Greenlight" with their horror script "Feast," which became a Dimension pic. They went on to write "Saw IV" and "Saw V" and penned the screenplay to this fall's "Saw VI."

Dunstan has just made his feature directorial debut with "The Collector," a pic about an ex-con who targets his employer's house for a heist that he wrote with Melton.

The pair worked with "Hellraiser" creator Barker, repped by APA and Evolution, on a draft of the reboot of "Hellraiser" that's set for Dimension.

Horror properties have had a mixed record on television, though ABC has fared well with some genre programming, including the hit "Lost," and it has the anticipated "FlashForward" set for this fall.

Wonderland and WBTV have collaborated on another series with genre overtones, the CW hit "Supernatural."

Nellie Andreeva in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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