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Leigh Whannell and Tim Walsh’s Upgrade Television Series in Development from Blumhouse Television and UCP


Leigh Whannell and Tim Walsh’s Upgrade Television Series in Development from Blumhouse Television and UCP

Leigh Whannell, the co-creater-writer-director-executive producer of Blumhouse Television and UCP’s upcoming sci-fi-thriller television series, ‘Upgrade.’

Blumhouse Television and UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, are adapting writer-director Leigh Whannell’s 2018 sci-fi-thriller film, ‘Upgrade,’ into a television series. The filmmaker is set to return to the franchise to helm the upcoming show.

The drama television series will be set a few years after the events of the movie. The show broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host. The story will be set in world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity.

Whannell co-created the ‘Upgrade’ television series, and will also serve as an executive producer, with showrunner Tim Walsh (‘Treadstone,’ ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Shooter’). Jason Blum, who previously collaborated with Whannell on the ‘Insidious‘ film series, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik will also serve as executive producers. Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland, who ran the second season of ‘The Purge‘ show, which Blumhouse Television and UCP previously co-produced together for the USA Network, have joined Whannell and Walsh in ‘Upgrade’s writer’s room.

The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning film starred Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson. After his wife was killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Marshall-Green) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure in the form of a computer chip implant called STEM. The implant provides its host with heightened physical abilities, which will allow Grey to exact revenge on those who are responsible for his wife’s death.

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Co-creater-writer-director-executive producer of the sci-fi-thriller television series, 'Upgrade'

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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