(March 6, 2017; Los Angeles, CA)
The late Vincent Price is being exhumed for a new television horror anthology, “Shadow Show,” based on the Bram Stoker award-winning literary anthology, and IDW comic book series. Rights to Mr. Price’s likeness have been optioned from the Vincent Price Estate by series executive producers Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard of Mirkwood Partners, LLC (“The Chronicles of Ara,” “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato”). Victoria Price, Vincent’s daughter, and Emmy-winning actor Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”) round out the executive producing team.
“The Vincent Price Family Legacy is thrilled to be working with the Shadow Show team to further the iconic Vincent Price legacy in the 21st century,” says Victoria Price.
In 2009, Sam Weller and Mort Castle created an anthology in tribute to Ray Bradbury. Published in 2012 in a collector’s edition by Gauntlet Press/Borderlands Press and as a trade paperback by William Morrow, the anthology’s contributor list was notable, and called a “literary Hall of Fame” by Wired Magazine. Writers Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, Jay Bonansinga, Alice Hoffman, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers, and others contributed to the popular volume.
The book garnered rave reviews from critics and a diverse list of media personalities including Stan Lee, Hugh Hefner, Joyce Carol Oates and former First Lady Laura Bush, ultimately winning the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award® for “Superior Achievement in an Anthology.” “Shadow Show” has been reprinted worldwide. The audiobook from Harper Audio was narrated by F. Murray Abraham, Neil Gaiman, Kate Mulgrew and George Takei. In 2014, IDW Publishing launched a monthly comics version of the anthology, which also sold well.
“For television,” says Mort Castle, “we wanted to delve deeper into the horror genre for a new iteration of “Shadow Show,” while still adapting some of our original stories. I discussed this with my producer-partners in 4Maple Productions – TV and film veterans Dave Moll, Dennis O’Connor and Mark Valadez (writer on “Gang Related” and “Ice”) – and we all agreed we needed an emcee. The literary works were dedicated to Bradbury, our television version would be dedicated to a horror icon. Victoria Price came onboard and her urbane and iconic dad became not only our inspiration, but our new Rod Serling.”
Says Eisenberg: “We plan on working with Victoria to utilize her dad’s likeness within several unique formats: voice-only, 2-D animation, 3-D animation … we hope to honor the spirit of Mr. Price to add subtext to the stories, many of which will be morality plays.”
The new version of “Shadow Show” will be pitched to networks beginning mid-March.