'Burrowers' feeds Web on FearNet


Writer-director JT Petty is setting the stage for his forthcoming horror film "The Burrowers" with a webisode series set to premiere on the horror Web site/on-demand service FearNet.

The seven three- to five-minute episodes are based on the film and tell the story of a family trying to survive in the wilderness who unknowingly release an evil force when they ingest infected deer meat.

The series -- in addition to a live blog hosted by Petty that features his production and behind-the-scenes insights -- will debut in December on FearNet.com and FearNet's VOD channel.

The webisodes follow the multiplatform horror destination's previously launched online series such as "30 Days of Night: Blood Trails," based on the graphic novel "30 Days of Night," and "Devil's Trade," which "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi launched in June through a joint venture with Ghost House Pictures.

"To have JT Petty writing and producing this prequel is absolutely wonderful and a testament to FearNet's commitment to providing exclusive content for horror lovers everywhere," FearNet president Diane Robina said.

"Burrowers," written and directed by Petty, chronicles the tale of a rescue party that becomes the prey of a band of underground creatures. Slated for release in 2008 by Lionsgate, it stars Clancy Brown, William Mapother and Sean Patrick Thomas.

FearNet is a joint venture among cable television provider Comcast, Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate.