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'Fringe' Alum Adapting Russian Horror Thriller 'Through My Eyes' for Fox
Fox is ready to tell a new kind of horror story.
Following a prolonged deal-making process, the network is teaming with Fringe and Almost Human alum JH Wyman to adapt Russian drama Through My Eyes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, based on the format of the same name, is described as a horror-thriller in which the story unfolds Rashomon-style through the direct point of view of a different character in each episode .
Wyman will pen the script and executive produce alongside Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown and Zaur Bolatev. Alex Reznik will serve as an executive producer on the drama, which received a script commitment from the network. Eyes hails from Fox 21, the studio's cable-focused arm. Fox Television Studios purchased the rights to the series with Bender and Bolatev both attached. Reznik's East 2 West Entertainment specializes in adapting Eastern European formats and previously set Russian format Million Dollar Mind Game at ABC. The company has a first-look deal at Fox 21. Bolatev and his partner Alexey Ageive brought the project to Reznik, who garnered interest from multiple broadcast networks for a stateside take.
The series aired in Russia in 2013 and was produced and directed by Bolatev and hailed for its unique production in which every episode was filmed with a point of view shot using a high-quality GoPro-like camera attached to actors. The story centers on the events of a secret lab in which scientists were attempting to achieve immortality by building a special machine that can extract the soul and its energy and relocate it to another person. (Watch the Russian trailer, below.)
Eyes comes as broadcast, cablers and streaming services have been exploring the next step beyond the anthology format made popular by FX's American Horror Story. Netflix picked up 12 new episodes of individual anthology Black Mirror and NBC and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) are reviving Amazing Stories. The CW, meanwhile, tried its hand at the format last year with a reboot of Tales From the Darkside, where each episode was designed to feature at least one story with a completely different cast.
While Eyes will have an ongoing serialized story, the shift in points of view could be a new twist on the episodic anthology format.
Eyes puts Wyman back in business with frequent home Fox, where he had cult favorite Fringe and short-lived drama Almost Human. He's currently an exec producer on USA Network's Queen of the South. Repped by CAA, Wyman previously teased Eyes via Twitter:
re: TV. I am very excited to say I am working with FOX on something that I love. Stay tuned.
— JOEL WYMAN (@JHWYMAN) August 17, 2015