11:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
What Will Happen to Wes Craven's TV Projects?
Wes Craven's numerous TV projects are not in jeopardy.
Producers Universal Cable Productions, the NBCUniversal-owned studio where the horror icon had an overall deal, says Craven's current crop of small-screen development fare will move forward. Craven had signed a first-look overall deal with UCB in April and was in the midst of making a major TV push.
Craven, who was best known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.
"Wes Craven was a master artist, a gentleman and it was our pleasure to work with him," UCP said in a statement. "It is our intention to bring to life all the projects Wes developed at Universal Cable Productions. Thankfully these projects have benefited greatly from his development and guidance since their inception. They will continue in his honor and spirit."
Craven was creatively engaged and working until the end, his family said in a statement. After signing the overall pact with UCP in April, he had numerous TV projects in development. Those included The People Under the Stairs for Syfy, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine for Syfy and UCP as well as Sleepers with Federation Entertainment.
"Wes Craven was an icon," Syfy said in a statement. "Syfy mourns the loss of this great visionary who helped shape an entire generation of horror. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with him and, along with Universal Cable Productions, will continue to develop The People Under the Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine — projects to which Wes had already contributed so greatly — in his spirit."
He was also attached as an executive producer on MTV's recently renewed Scream TV series. That show will pay tribute to Craven this week during its freshman season finale. Additionally, Craven recently wrote and was poised to direct the "Thou Shalt Not Kill" segment of WGN America/The Weinstein Co.'s Ten Commandments miniseries.
On the comics side, Craven was working on a graphic novel series based on his original idea Coming of Rage for Liquid Comics, in collaboration with Steve Niles.