Mario Van Peebles Launches TV Production Company, Sets Up New Orleans-Set 'Superstition' Series on SyFy
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Mario Van Peebles Launches TV Production Company, Sets Up New Orleans-Set 'Superstition' Series on SyFy

Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles’ recently-launched TV production company MVPTV has teamed up with Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media to produce a 13-episode direct-to-series project titled “Superstition”, for the Syfy network.

Van Peebles will write, direct and star in some of the episodes of the series series which follows the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans, and keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk, and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor named The Dredge.

“’Superstition’ is an intelligent, boundary-pushing genre series rich in supernatural lore and myths, featuring an eccentric family who have an unusual connection to an otherworldly plane, and the dark force that unleashes the demons, creatures and monsters that haunt our nightmares,” said Barry Gordon, adding, “There is a voracious global audience always seeking the next well-crafted genre series as evidenced by the success of ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘True Blood,’ ‘Six Feet Under’ and others.”

“The incredible things we used to do in independent film, we can now do in television,” said Van Peebles. “This is truly a golden era for exciting, provocative television.”

“A town where all superstitions, myths and legends are true offers a rich cultural, atmospheric and macabre playground for Mario Van Peebles, Barry Gordon, Joel Anderson Thompson and Laurence Andries to explore. We are excited to work with this terrific team and look forward to bringing this unique story to Syfy,” said Chris Regina, senior vice-president, Syfy Programming.

Joel Anderson Thompson (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Boomtown,” “House M.D.”) has been brought on as showrunner; and Laurence Andries (“Alias,” “Six Feet Under,” “Supernatural,” “The Pacific”) will serve as executive producer.

Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd will also write the series along with Van Peebles.

Production is set to begin in early 2017, to air on Syfy later in the year.

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