Leigh Whannell’s first original directorial outing, Upgrade, was met to critical acclaim. And now it’s getting a sequel in the form of a television series.
The film followed Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green), who becomes paralysed after a mugging. He is implanted with a chip called STEM that regains his mobility by being able to control his body.
The series will be set a few years after the events of the movie and will feature an updated version of STEM, as well as a new host for the chip. The premise will centre around STEM being used as some type of policing system, in order to reduce crime.
After the film version of Upgrade, Whannell went on to direct this year’s hugely successful adaptation of The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss. Probably due to Whannell’s continued success, Blumhouse Television and UCP are working together to help produce the show.
Whanell will serve as an executive producer as well as seemingly being onboard to direct, too. Tim Walsh from Treadstone will be the showrunner.
This will mark Whannell’s TV debut, following years of success in the business. As well as The Invisible Man, Whannell wrote the several of the Insidious movies, even making his directorial debut was Insidious: Chapter 3.
His partnership with James Wan goes all the way back to their creation of the Saw franchise. Whannell starred as a lead in the first Saw movie as Adam, alongside Cary Elwes.
Although we only currently have the basic premise of the show, fans of the film are sure to be excited to get the chance to step back into the world of Upgrade.
Source: Deadline, animatedtimes