Now, Deadline reports that The Auteur will be based on Rick Spears' graphic novel of the same title, and Showtime has ordered multiple scripts of the half-hour series. Here are the details revealed:
Based on the graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan and Luigi Anderson, The Auteur is described as a gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous, high wire act of biting satire. In it, desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, a film producer accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer.
Amy Israel, Showtime's EVP, Scripted Programming said this in a statement:
"The Auteur unites the wildly imaginative filmmaker Taika Waititi and the barbed wit of Peter Warren with the undeniable Jude Law in a bloody love letter to the movies that will make you simultaneously die laughing and want to run for your life."
Waititi is set to direct the show's pilot episode. They haven't yet announced who will direct the followup episodes, but the premise sounds exciting, and it kind of reminds me of Sion Sono's Japanese film, Why Don't You Play in Hell?.