Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell is developing his previous film for television…
Though Blumhouse’s The Purge spinoff series was recently cancelled, two of the writers on that show are collaborating with Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man) for a new TV project based on his action sci-fi thriller, Upgrade. The 2018 film wasn’t a huge hit, but did acquire a bit of a cult following after its home release.
Upgrade starred Logan Marshall-Green as a man who is crippled after a highway burglary in which his wife is killed. He is offered help from a rich tech benefactor who says that by just implanting a chip called STEM, his body can go back to functioning as normal. However, he soon learns that the chip can also offer him superhuman-like abilities, and sometimes very violent ones. The TV version will see STEM implanted in a new host, and imagines a “world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity” according to Deadline.
As well as The Purge writers Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland, Whannell has been joined in creating the TV version of Upgrade with Treadstone‘s Tim Walsh, who also just took a hit with that series’ cancellation.
More on this as we get it.