Paul W.S. Anderson to helm TV reboot of Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Mimic, Paul W.S. Anderson, Guillermo del Toro

While I doubt many would place MIMIC anywhere near the top of Guillermo del Toro's filmography, there are plenty who have a soft spot for the sci-fi thriller, myself included. The 1997 film starred Mira Sorvino as Dr. Susan Tyler, an entomologist who created a genetically-engineered insect to kill cockroaches who were carrying a virulent disease. Three years later, the insects have evolved to destroy their only predator, mankind.

According to Deadline, Miramax Television will be rebooting the film as a TV series with Paul W.S. Anderson (MONSTER HUNTER) slated to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside his longtime producing partner Jeremy Bolt. Jim Danger Gray (Orange is the New Black) will pen the reboot, as well as executive producer and serve as showrunner. "The world of insects has been a long-term fascination of mine," Anderson said in a statement. "So much strength and organization from such tiny creatures that have existed long before humankind and will survive long after our demise. It’s an exciting world that I’m thrilled to jump into, especially with such great partners as Jim and Miramax."

In his own statement, Jim Danger Gray added:

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.

Miramax's Head of Worldwide Television Marc Helwig also added, "Miramax TV couldn’t be more thrilled to be in business with Paul Anderson, Jeremy Bolt and Jim Danger Gray on Mimic. 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." MIMIC wound up spawning two direct-to-video sequels, which Guillermo del Toro was not involved with, but Del Toro did release a director's cut of the original film in 2011, which he said he was happier with.

Source: Deadline

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