Guillermo del Toro’s horror sci-fi film Mimic is getting a TV series reboot.

Miramax Television announced Paul WS Anderson will be attached to the series. Anderson will direct the pilot and executive produce the series alongside Jeremy Bolt.

Mimic tells the story of genetically engineered insects who evolve the ability to mimic humans. The humans, in turn, become prey and have to stop the insects from taking over the world. The film and the upcoming TV series find their roots in Donald A. Wollheim’s short story of the same name.

Mimic movie poster 1997

The TV adaptation will be written by Jim Danger Gray (Orange Is the New Black), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television for Miramax, discussed the project.

“Miramax TV couldn’t be more thrilled to be in business with Paul Anderson, Jeremy Bolt and Jim Danger Gray on Mimic,” said Helwig. “Paul is one of the leading filmmakers of his generation in the world of science fiction, and we are excited to bring a bold new take on this classic title to life in television that will make your skin crawl, scare the hell out of you and speak loudly to these strange times we all find ourselves in. I couldn’t think of a better writer to bring this world to life than Jim Danger Gray, whose work I’ve admired for a long time.”

The original 1997 movie led to two direct-to-video sequels. Del Toro released his director’s cut version of Mimic back in 2011. He is not involved in the TV series.

What The Creators Are Saying About Mimic

Anderson and Bolt are no strangers to sci-fi horror. After all, they created the Resident Evil franchise. 

“The world of insects has been a long-term fascination of mine. So much strength and organization from such tiny creatures that have existed long before humankind and will survive long after our demise,” said Anderson. “It’s an exciting world that I’m thrilled to jump into, especially with such great partners as Jim and Miramax.”

Gray also has a thriller/horror background. He previously worked as a writer/producer on the series Hannibal.

Mimic explores, on its surface, the idea of insects taking over. Body horror, the anxiety of ‘a bug’ living inside of us, the death of truth, the denial of science and the rise of personal entitlement are at the heart of our show as it examines how society is eaten alive by an invasion that is laying bare its greatest insecurities and failures,” said Gray.

Source: Deadline