American Horror Story already announced next season’s theme will be centered around the dark side of a hotel, but Investigation Discovery (ID) is bringing real hotel horror to the small screen with Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors. The true crime series debuts later this year and legendary Hollywood director Joel Schumacher will serve as an executive producer.
Schumacher is known for directing such films as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, and two of the films based on John Grisham’s novels, The Client and A Time to Kill. He’s also recently directed two episodes of the series House of Cards. Schumacher plans to give Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors a “highly-styled cinematic look.”
“I love true crime and I’m fascinated with the criminal mind because I have one, which is why I love ID. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to work on a show for them and we hit on this idea of murders in hotel rooms – so expect violence, sex, and all the scandal and twists ID fans want to see.”
The network is obviously thrilled to land such a respected talent for the series, and Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Network, praised his addition to the project.
“It’s an honor to welcome distinguished Hollywood legend, and self-proclaimed ID Addict, Joel Schumacher to the Investigation Discovery family. ‘Do Not Disturb’ explores the dark aspects of the hotel experience we’ve all encountered – vulnerability, seclusion, and anonymity – so, we can’t wait to see what Joel’s creative genius adds to this psychological edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
According to the Investigation Discovery press release, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors will be a “real-life Bates Motel where guests check in… but, don’t always check out.” The network also compares the new series to such horror hotel classics as The Shining and Psycho.
Investigation Discovery is known for dramatic recreations of true crime stories, archival footage and first-person interviews with witnesses, family members, and even the criminals themselves involved in real cases. Fans of the network, dubbed “ID addicts,” will find themselves exploring crimes in hotels and inns across America in a very cinematic fashion for Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors.
Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors is produced for Investigation Discovery by Matador Content. In addition to Schumacher, Jay Peterson and Mark Marabella serve as executive producers. Investigation Discovery is a network dedicated to true crime programming and calls itself America’s favorite “guilty pleasure.” It’s also one of the few networks which stays on air 24 hours without infomercials, for all the night owls, insomniacs, and ID addicts.
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