Netflix won the rights package in december 2018 after a fierce bidding war for The Watcher. Not to be confused with 2022’s Watcher or 2000’s The Watcher with Keanu Reeves, Netflix’s The Watcher stars Naomi Watts and Bobby Canavale, with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan executive producing.
Based on a 2014 article about a mysterious and menacing neighbor, The Watcher follows Derek Broaddus and his wife, Maria, after they lock down a six-bedroom house. Checking the mail, they found a white card-shaped envelope addressed to “The New Owner.” What followed is a horrible story of paranoia and obsession.
We haven’t seen much of the upcoming horror series except a puzzle with star Jennifer Coolidge as the real estate agent checking out the house, but Netflix finally dropped the first trailer during its virtual Tudum event.
The Watcher will be released as one of three Ryan Murphy original projects on Netflix this fall. The other two are Mr. Harrigan’s Phone and Dahmer, which just hit the streaming service. It is worth noting that the real-life names from the original story are not used, and are instead given fictitious names for the adaptation.
Joining Watts, Canavale and Coolige are Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns), Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) and Margo Martindale (Walk Hard).
The Watcher arrives on Netflix on October 13.
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