Netflix has won the rights package in December 2018 after a fierce bidding war for The Watcher. Not to be confused with 2022’s Watcher or 2000’s The Watcher with Keanu Reeves, Netflix’s The Watcher stars Naomi Watts and Bobby Canavale, with executive producers Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan.
Based on a 2014 article about a mysterious and threatening neighbor, The Watcher follows Derek Broaddus and his wife, Maria, after they close their doors in a six-bedroom house. When they checked the mail, they found a white card-shaped envelope addressed to “New Owner”. What follows is a horrifying tale of paranoia and obsession.
We haven’t seen many upcoming horror series except for one tease stars Jennifer Coolidge as the realtor walking around the house, but Netflix ended up dropping the first trailer of their virtual Tudum event.
The Watcher will be released as one of three Netflix Original projects by Ryan Murphy this fall. The other two are Mr Harrigan’s Phone and Dahmer, which has just launched its streaming service. It’s worth noting that the real-life name from the original story was not used and was instead a fictional name for the adaptation.
Joining Watts, Canavale and Coolige are Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns), Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) and Margo Martindale (Walk Hard).
The Watcher hits Netflix on October 13.
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