‘San Andreas’ Director Developing ‘The Woods’ For Syfy

By December 6, 2016


Brad Peyton is coming to Syfy with plans to develop the graphic novel series The Woods into a series for the cable channel.

Peyton, whose San Andreas in 2015 earned $469.6 million worldwide, will be based on a script by Michael Armbruster, according to Deadline. Armbruster is an up-and-coming writer who penned the 2011 Brazilian independent film Beautiful Boy.

It is set in Wisconsin where an entire high school campus – including the 300 students, teachers, parents and workers who happened to be there at the time – vanishes without a trace, and reappears in the middle of the thick woods on the moon of a distant planet. 

Now their normal lives have suddenly and dramatically changed as they must survive the eerie and dangerous environment while desperately trying to find a way to get back home.

thewoods-inset120616The graphic novel series was published by Boom! Studios, and created by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas.

The first thing Syfy is looking for is a pilot script, with a decision of whether or not to take it to series likely coming early next year. Peyton will be joined by Jeff Fierson and Armbruster as producers, as well as Ross Richie, Josh Levy and Stephen Christy from Boom.

This is actually the second time Boom and Peyton have decided to work together, Deadline reports. Boom’s Malignant Man from writer James Wan, has been in development since 2014. That story centers around a man who discovers a tumor he was diagnosed with is actually a parasite that gives him otherworldly powers.

Wan, of course, is a director from the Saw franchise who also will write and direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming Aquaman standalone film.

Peyton’s latest film, Incarnate, opened last weekend to just $2.5 million. The horror movie starred Aaron Eckhart and Carice van Houten. He’s currently in pre-production for Rampage, a planned 2018 movie based on the 1980s videogame reuniting him with his San Andreas star, Dwayne Johnson.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.