In some great news, it looks as if a Frighteners TV series is on the away. And in some slightly-concerning news, said TV series might well drop some of the charm and humour of the original 1996 movie.
Via Bloody Disgusting, Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions have plans to deliver The Frighteners as a straight-up serious TV show. While that is definitely an eyebrow-raising notion, there is the small fact that Denver and Delilah are responsible for Netflix’s stunning Mindhunter – meaning they’ve clearly proven how they’ve got chilling tension mastered.
From Peter Jackson, The Frighteners saw Michael J. Fox as Frank Bannister, a fella who could communicate with ghosts. Following the death of his wife, Frank ends up making a business deal with three ghosts where he pretends to exorcise these spirits as part of a scam. It doesn’t take long before Bannister is forced to explore the death of his wife, as he has to clear his name of her murder.
The Frighteners took a modest $16 million at the box office upon its release, yet the movie has gone on to become a major cult favourite in the ensuing years – and so much of that is down to the humour and light-heartedness displayed throughout so much of the film.
Whether The Frighteners could work with a more serious approach remains to be seen, but Theron’s Denver and Delilah are as good as any production banner to attempt such a move.
For now, this series is far from official or anywhere close to being green-lit – although expect more on any such The Frighteners action as and when we hear more on all of this.