A sequel to sci-fi thriller Upgrade is coming in the form a series.
Blumhouse Television and UCP are teaming up for a series follow-up to the gritty 2018 sci-fi film from Aussie filmmaker Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man). The series will have Whannell on board as co-creator, director and executive producer.
The film was set in a near-future when technology controls nearly all aspects of life. Logan Marshall-Green played Grey, a technophobe who finds his only hope for revenge lies with an experimental computer chip implant. Upgrade was a modest hit, well received and earning $US16.5 million from a $US5 million budget.
The show’s plot, as reported by Deadline…
… picks up a few years after the events of the film and broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host – imagining a world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity.
Showrunner on the Upgrade series will be Tim Walsh, who was a co-executive producer and writer on the Shooter series and the short-lived Treadstone series, the latter of which was based on the Bourne film franchise. The Purge season 2 writers-producers Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland have joined Whannell and Walsh in the writers room, which is already underway tackling the first season.
Whannell’s credits also include the Saw franchise (he created the franchise with James Wan, had a big acting role in the first film, and wrote the first three), the Insidious franchise (he wrote all four films and directed the third), and recent hit The Invisible Man, which he wrote and directed.