With recent shows like Death Valley and Teen Wolf, MTV has been delving deeper into the horror business lately, and not it looks like the network want to take it to the next levelby crafting its own found-footage thriller in the tradition of Paranormal Activity, and dubbed The Experiment. Fittingly, they've signed on Jason Blum (pictured above), whose Blumhouse Picutres produced Oren Peli's successful franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The network is currently developing an hour-long “found-footage mystery” project in the style of Paranormal Activity, titled The Experiment. The scripted effort is based on a story by Brian Horiuchi (Terminal D) and Miguel Sapochnik (House), with Paranormal’s Jason Blum (The River) executive producing through his Blumhouse Productions. Naomi Despres (The English Teacher) is also attached as an EP, with Horiuchi set to write and Sapochnik on board to direct.
"If ordered to series, Experiment will join a growing roster of scripted entries on the younger-skewing network’s schedule. Among them: Teen Wolf, which was recently renewed for a third season of 24 episodes; upcoming comedy Inbetweeners, set to bow August 20; and the fall comedic drama Underemployed from Craig Wright. Earlier this morning, The Hollywood Reporter reported exclusively that MTV has ordered a 20-episode third season of Awkward.
"Horiuchi and Sapochnik are no strangers to the genre. Horiuchi penned RCVR, an award-winning transmedia sci-fi effort, and is writing and directing Rosario Dawson's upcoming Parts Per Billion; while Sapochnik, whose helming credits include Fringe, Awake and TNT’s Falling Skies, is set to direct Ecosse Films’ sci-fi thriller Terminus."