Back in early 2007, there were several reports about a proposed "MASTERS OF ITALIAN HORROR" series. Not a television series however, but instead a series of 4 films, each helmed by a different Italian horror director. Umberto Lenzi, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Martino and Nicola Rondolino were all attached but then, no word since that original announcement.
This past weekend, Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Lamberto Bava (DEMONS 1-2) and Sergio Stivaletti took part in the first ever "Masters Of Italian Horror" panel at the Fangoria Weekend Of Horror’s in Secaucus, NJ. During the panel discussion, the status of the 4-movie series came up, and Bava said that he still intends on producing the films.
However, helming each of the 4 movies will now be Ruggero Deodato, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti and the Manetti Brothers (Antonio & Marco). Bava told the audience that he hopes they can bring back the sensabilities of the "80’s Italian horror cinema" but modernize it. September 2008 is the proposed shooting date for the first feature, with the intent to finish it by years end. More when we hear it!