If you’re like me, your enjoyment of Alfred Hithcock extends well beyond his classic films. Some of my favorite memories are watching the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which, not unlike Twilight Zone, was an anthology series. The difference between the two lay in the genre itself. While Twilight Zone was largely science fiction-based, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was standard mystery — oftentimes with elements of other genres interspersed. In true M. Night Shyamalan fashion, however, each episode would end with an ironic little twist. Occasionally, they’d cause a huge shift in how your perceived the rest of the plot, but most times, they were fun little buttons.
Nowadays, we seem to be coming around to these types of stories, with American Horror Story and Black Mirror perhaps being the best modern examples — and now we may have one more to the slate. Universal Cable Productions is developing a new anthology entitled Welcome to Hitchcock. As of this writing, there is no network attached to air the show, but it’s being described in its press release as an anthology series that will contain “a single season-long mystery or crime in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy.” This certainly sounds a lot like American Horror Story — except adapted more to fit the mold of a mystery than a horror story.
Universal Cable Productions Executive Vice President of Development, Dawn Olmstead had the following to say about the announcement:
“Long after his death, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be one of the most celebrated directors and visionaries in the world, a master manipulator of the macabre. We’re honored that the Hitchcock Estate has put its trust in our studio to pay homage to his work.”
Katie O’Connell-Fiala, granddaughter of Hitchcock and co-founder of the Hitchcock Trust and MTK Corporation stated:
“Our grandfather always collaborated with the best and the brightest to help shape his vision. We’re confident that Universal Cable Productions will take great care in helping us to continue preserving his legacy.”
As far as just how this series is Hitchcock-related…that remains to be seen. I don’t anticipate they’ll be adapting any of his films to season-long stories, and more than anything, I imagine they’ll very much adhere to his brisk style of storytelling and suspense. Like the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, this may be more a branding move — but one that has plenty of possibilities for success.
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SOURCE: Universal (via Screen Rant)