3:38pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Stranger Things' Exec Producer Developing CW Haunted House Drama (Exclusive)
The CW is looking for its Stranger Things.
The younger-skewing network is teaming with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy to develop the drama Epiphany. The project, which has received a script commitment, is described as being in the vein of the works of Stanley Kubrick and Agatha Christie. The drama is a psychological thriller about a group of gifted strangers recruited to a Gilded Age mansion to solve a complex code that lies within the structure's walls.
Spenser Cohen is set to pen the script and executive produce alongside Levy and his 21 Laps banner. Anna Halberg, Cohen's producing partner, will also be credited as an exec producer. Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline, The CW's Life Sentence, Lifetime's You) will exec produce and, should the drama move forward, direct the pilot for Warner Bros. Television. Emily Morris and Dan Cohen will oversee for 21 Laps.
This is the first project set up through Krieger's overall deal with WBTV. The executive producer/director is on a bit of a hot streak, having helmed four pilots in a row that all went to series. He next will direct the Syfy pilot Deadly Class for the Russo brothers. Epiphany extends Krieger's relationship with 21 Laps, which is producing an adaptation of the sci-fi romance novel Hold Back the Stars to be directed by Krieger.
Cohen, for his part, wrote the feature Extinction, which is in postproduction at Universal starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan.
21 Laps next has the highly anticipated second season of the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things, which is set to bow Oct. 27. The company also has the features The Darkest Minds at Fox and Kin at Lionsgate, and Netflix recently picked up the Ed Harris-Jason Sudeikis drama Kodachrome at the Toronto International Film Festival.
21 Laps, Cohen and Frankel are repped by WME and McKuin Frankel. Krieger is with UTA, Anonymous Content and Nelson Davis.