Deadline is exclusively reporting that the Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thriller film Upgrade is getting a television series followup from Blumhouse Television and UCP.
Released in 2018, the film is set in the near-future where we follow tech-phobic car restorer Grey, who becomes a quadriplegic after he and his wife, Asha, are attacked by criminals. With the help of an advanced computer chip, STEM, Grey regains control of his limbs, and starts hunting down the men responsible for his wife’s death.
The report states that the series is set to pick 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.
The series is being co-created and executive produced by Leigh Whannell and Tim Walsh, with the former set to direct and the latter serving as showrunner. There is currently a writers room in place setting up its first season. Joining Whannell and Walsh in the room are writer-producers Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland, who ran the second season of Blumhouse series The Purge. Jason Blum and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik will also executive produce the series.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Upgrade series develops. I thought the film was very good, really interesting concept with a solid execution.