Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures Picks Up 'Pandemonium' To Develop Into A TV Series

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 4, 2011 at 2:58AM

Update: Reps for Darren Aronofsky say reports about this acquisition are not true.
0


Update: Reps for Darren Aronofsky say reports about this acquisition are not true.

Oh hey, have you heard? TV is the place to be these days if you want to launch original programming and pretty much every acclaimed director you know -- Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Spike Lee, Todd Haynes, David Gordon Green, Philip Kaufman, David Fincher (and more) -- are directing/developing projects away from the big screen and for one simple reason: cable networks are much more willing to take on the kind of "riskier" or non-tentpole style flicks that studios are shying away from. Darren Aronofsky has certainly noticed the shifting tide and earlier this summer, he signed on to direct the pilot episode of Michael Chabon's "Hobgoblin" for HBO. And now his production company, Protozoa Pictures, are looking to expand their foothold on your television.

The company has picked up the rights to Daryl Gregory's awkwardly named book "Pandemonium" and clunky title aside, it boasts a pretty interesting premise that they hope to develop into a television series. The story is set in alternate history where demon possession is accepted and is something like a disease, with a "strain" taking hold and taking over control of a person, causing destruction, and then moves on to somebody else. The story follows Del Pierce who has a curious twist on the affliction. Instead of moving on, his Hellion has stayed with him since the age of five and now in his 20s, he sets to excise the demon from his body. Pretty cool, right?

Blastr compares the tone of the 2009 World Fantasy Award finalist to that of "Fallen" and "Frailty" and while stuff like "Game Of Thrones," "True Blood" and "The Walking Dead" have proven horror has a place on TV, this sounds like it has a bigger psychological angle to it, an element Aronofsky and his stable are certainly familiar with.

But the author cautions to keep that excitement realistic, writing on his website: "This is just an option, the first step in a staircase of a million steps, and options that make it all the way to the small or large screen are the exception rather than the rule. The rare exception, I’ve been told. So don’t get too excited, Mom." So we'll keep an eye out for now. Obviously, it's too early to tell how involved Aronofsky will be be but it's pretty safe bet that he'll be at the very least producing and we'd guess he'll get the behind the camera for an episode or two.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky is still hoping to get his long gestating "Noah" moving though word has quieted on that front recently, and it will have to wait until Christian Bale wraps up with "The Dark Knight Rises" anyway.

This article is related to: Pandemonium


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates