Leigh Whannel To Develop Upgrade TV Series for Blumhouse

Leigh Whannel and Tim Walsh

Leigh Whannel recently gave us the Hollywood horror movie, Invisible Man. He has now signed up with Blumhouse and UCP to develop a television series, Upgrade. He will join Tim Walsh in creating the series that’s a spin-off of his 2018 sci-fi thriller Upgrade.

The film, which Whannell wrote and directed, starred Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson. In the movie, Grey Trace’s life turns a tumble when he becomes the victim of a mugging. His wife’s death and his own paralysis leaves him disillusioned, until a billionaire investor approaches him  with an experimental cure in the form of a computer chip implant called STEM. The implant provides its host with heightened physical abilities, allowing Grey to exact revenge on those responsible for his wife’s death. The film had a production budget of $5 million and grossed more than $16 million at the global box office. It was also the recipient of the 2018 SXSW Audience Award.

Watch Upgrade Trailer here:

Leigh Whannel most recently directed The Invisible Man starring Elisabeth Moss for Blumhouse and Universal. The box office smash grossed over $122 million globally and is Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a 91%. Previously, he wrote the first three Saw films, co-creating the lucrative horror franchise with director James Wan. Whannell recently signed a first look deal with Blumhouse for both film and television, after successful collaborations with the studio on the Insidious franchise, Upgrade and The Invisible Man. The Upgrade series is the first project to be developed under that deal.

Jason Blum (HalloweenThe Good Lord Bird) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik will executive produce alongside Whannell and Walsh. Whannell and Walsh co-created the series. The series is a co-production between Blumhouse Television and UCP.

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