‘Mockingjay’ director developing AI horror drama ‘Basilisk’ for FX

Enemies of the heir, beware.

9:17 am EDT, September 9, 2016

Three-times Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is teaming up with Curtis Gwinn for Basilisk, an FX horror drama centered on artificial intelligence.

FX is expanding their horror show portfolio with a brand new, original series that sounds like the darker, less fun version of Westworld.

As reported by Deadline, Basilisk will be helmed by Francis Lawrence, who brought us the last three Hunger Games movies, along with The Walking Dead writer Curtis Gwinn.

It is described as, “A gritty horror series that follows an atheistic college therapist and her computer-genius patient as they find themselves pulled into a plot to awaken a malevolent, god-like artificial intelligence.”

Related: Lionsgate sends Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence on Homer’s Odyssey

Basilisk is unfortunately (probably) not a secret Salazar Slytherin origin story, but it sounds fascinating nonetheless.

The series will be a good fit for FX, which already houses Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.

Francis Lawrence is also working on a new movie with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence titled Red Sparrow, in which a sexy Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent.

His experience within the TV industry includes a gig as executive producer on the short-lived Kings, of which he also directed a number of episodes. He went on to be EP on Touch with Kiefer Sutherland, before beginning work on Catching Fire.

Lawrence will be producing and directing Basilisk; with Curtis Gwinn providing the scripts. The titular Basilisk will likely be the AI monster that the protagonists must battle; in legend, the reptile is described as the king of serpents, which much like Medusa has the power to cause death with a single glance. It can be killed by the Sword of Gryffindor.

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