Beauty & the Beast Scribe to Pen Hitchcock-Inspired TV Show

Evan Spiliotopoulos, the writer of Beauty and the Beast, will write the season-long mysteries told in "Hitchcock's classic style."

Anthology TV series are all the rage these days, and now we have another exciting project to add to the trend: an Alfred Hitchcock-inspired TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Cable Productions has made a deal with the Alfred Hitchcock Estate to develop an anthology series called Welcome to Hitchcock

Welcome to Hitchcockwill adapt some of Hitchcock’s most celebrated works — including The Birdsand Psycho (you have been warned, Bates Motel)— as well as stories from Alfred Hitchcock Presents…

Universal Cable Productions just announced that Evan Spiliotopoulos will be writing the series. Spiliotopoulos was a c-writer on the 2017 Beauty and the Beast film, and also wrote the scripts for Hercules and The Huntmans: Winter’s War.

Unlike Alfred Hitchcock Presents…Welcome to Hitchcock will not have standalone episodes, but rather unfurl the story of a single mystery or crime over the course of an entire season. It’s unclear at this point whether said stories will be direct adaptations of well-known Hitchcock tales, or if they were simply be inspired by his projects. THR’s story does mention the season-long stories being “in the vein of Hitchcock’s classic style.”

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Harry Potterdirector Chris Columbus’ production company is one of the forces behind the project, with Columbus himself set to direct the pilot and also serve as executive producer on the series, alongside Michael Barnathan, Timmy Thompson, Todd Thompson, and the Hitchcock family. 

Katie O’Connell-Fiala said of the project, on behalf of the Hitchcock Trust and MTK Corporation: “Our grandfather always collaborated with the best and the brightest to help shape his vision. We’re confident that Universal Cable Productions will take great care in helping us to continue preserving his legacy.”