Larry Cohen and J.J. Abrams Tag-Team for TV Horror Anthology
Horror and Science-Fiction director Larry Cohen is working on bringing his brand of cinematography to the small screen. Cohen is not alone in his endeavor, as he will be joined by fellow director J.J. Abrams and his production outfit Bad Robot Productions.
Known for his B-movie productions like "It's Alive" and "The Stuff," Cohen has already written two season's worth of material for the yet-unnamed series. As /Film reports, each season will have ten original one-hour thrillers from Cohen, and intends to direct some of them himself as well. He also sees the upcoming venture as a renaissance of his work and career.
Additionally, Cohen has eyed someone to present each episode once a cable network carries the anthology. According to Den of Geek, the director wants to have Academy award winner Christopher Walken as the program's host, introducing them with his own comedic charms.
Larry Cohen started his career in the 1950's as a writer for different television series, mainly working on detective stories. He then shifts to directorial tasks, with 1972's "Bone" marks the directorial debut of Cohen. Focusing mostly on low-budget horror flicks during the 70's up until the 2000's.
Cohen was also part of a lawsuit with the 20th Century Fox in 2003. In the lawsuit, Cohen claims that the production company took ideas used in the movie "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" from his pitch titled "Cast of Characters, and only using the Alan Moore comic series as a cover-up. While Fox denies the allegations of Cohen, the issue was settled out of court.
Abrams, on the other hand, has been known for his numerous works, mainly in the science fiction genre. Some of his big-hit titles include 2009's "Star Trek" and its 2013 sequel "Star Trek: Into the Darkness," 2008's found footage film "Cloverfield" and the first entry of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."