Whannell and Blumhouse to package UPGRADE as a TV Series

In June 2018, the Grue-Crew enjoyed the hell out of Blumhouse and Leigh Whannell’s UPGRADE theatrical film. Directed by Whannell and starring Logan Marchsall-Green, the sci-fi/horror genre mash-up took home over $16 million in gross on a $5 million budget. A hit subscribing to the Blumhouse formula for success.

Word comes this past week from DEADLINE that Blumhouse and Whannell are teaming up once again returning to the UPGRADE characters and story. This time, however, they’re taking the IP to television. While we all may want to see “Grey Trace” return to theaters in all his crimson glory, heading to TV appears to be a great, and surprisingly obvious, choice. The character and concepts are perfect for episodic television. We are definitely looking forward to this making to our collective home screens!

Leigh Whannell with THE INVISIBLE MAN star Elisabeth Moss.

According to Deadline, “The Upgrade series marks Whannell’s TV debut and the first project to come out of the first-look film and TV deal he signed with Blumhouse earlier this year following a 10-year partnership that had yielded seven features…” Whannell’s career has been an interesting one to watch over the past few decades, rising from the writer (and co-star) of SAW to writing and directing the recent Blumhouse smash hit film, THE INVISIBLE MAN.

Bring it on, Whannell, bring it on!

Check out the Grue-Crew review of UPGRADE on HORROR NEWS RADIO episode 269.

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.