2018 movie Upgrade is a dark horse of a movie. It has not been seen by huge numbers, but those who have seen it know how great it is. A movie that manages to be a techno-thriller, ass-kicker, and throwback all at the same time. If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth tracking down on Netflix and checking it out.
The man behind it is filmmaker Leigh Whannell, who also got good notices for his recent adaption of The Invisible Man for Blumhouse. Last May producer Jason Blum announced he was working on a TV series spin-off from Upgrade, stating that the 2018 movie deserves more attention for its sheer awesomeness.
Speaking with Collider while advertising Halloween Kills, he talked about the show and progress they are making:
“Upgrade should have been a wide release. I was pissed about that. We’re working on a TV show. So working on the scripts. This first round, didn’t come out. I didn’t get the response I wanted to get. I don’t want to be in development. I want an order. We’re working on the scripts again, so that we can get an order. And I don’t want to develop it.”
Logan Marshall-Green was the lead in the original. Paralyzed in an attack that kills his wife, he is offered experimental spinal surgery that includes advanced technology implanted inside him. The technology includes AI that is sentient and helps control his body as he goes on a bloody rampage of revenge against those that took everything from him.
In The Sunday Times the review said:
“…this is a satire that cleaves dangerously close to reality at times.”
Meanwhile, Emily Yoshida, writing for New York magazine’s blog Vulture, said:
“A great and grimy little screw-turner of sci-fi schlock, the kind that they truly don’t make anymore, the kind that would make Carpenter and Cameron proud.”
The Upgrade series will pick up several years after the events of the movie with the AI evolving and having a new host.
Whannell would serve as executive producer with Blum. Tim Walsh (Shooter) will be the showrunner.